Ambulances launched for the sick in Darjeeling hills

11 Jun 2018

The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on Monday under the maternity and child health services of the West Bengal government launched four ambulances to be deployed in the district and sub-divisional hospitals of the Hills.
GTA chairman Binoy Tamang flagged-off the ambulances from Lal Kothi in Darjeeling in the presence of the Darjeeling district Chief Medical Health Officer (CMOH) and other officials. Two ambulances will be kept at Eden hospital (the district hospital) in Darjeeling and one each in the Kalimpong district and Kurseong sub-division hospital. The Mirik sub-division hospital will also get similar ambulance next month. The district and sub-division hospitals will provide free services to sick children and mothers.
The GTA chairman while launching the ambulances admitted that in terms of health facility a lot was required to be done and that providing the four ambulances was part of the upgradation programme. “We don’t have a proper health system in the Hills. We have to make several upgradations. Launching of these ambulances is part of our project to develop the health system,” Tamang said.
Tamang said with introduction of the new ambulances he expected that patients would benefit, especially mothers and their children. “Our effort is to ensure that a child and mother are provided services at all cost. The ambulances that we launched today will provide 24x7 hour service throughout the year. No one should face problems because of monetary reasons,” he said.
The ambulances will have trained attendant and drivers. The ambulance will be equipped to conduct deliveries onboard during emergencies. Likewise, very sick children can also be treated with latest technology made available in the ambulance.
“There have been incidents when a mother or a child has died while traveling to hospitals because
of lack of medical facilities. We want to ensure that such cases don’t occur as every life is precious. GTA has made promises to work for the people and we will continue to do so,” Tamang said.
CMOH Praloy Acharya said the introduction of the ambulances would help the initiative of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of reduction in infant and maternal mortality. “The Hills face problems of availability of ambulances. We will acquire more such ambulances. We thank the state government for taking the initiative to provide ambulances in hospitals of the Hills,” he said. (EOIC)