Buoyed by the” response to the free bike ambulance service in Mumbai, the state government is planning to raise the number of these vehicles in the city and run similar services in some tribal-dominated regions in the state. The service, started in Mumbai in August last year with the objective of providing swift medical assistance to patients, has so far received around 1,500 calls from different parts of the metropolis.
Designed as an emergency first responder medical service over the 108 free helpline, the bikes have teams of paramedics providing treatment (especially in places inaccessible to larger ambulances) during the ‘golden hour’. Currently 10 in strength, they are operated by integrated services company BVG India, and equipped with a medical, trauma medical management and airway management kits. “Till January 31 this year, we attended to 186 trauma cases, 28 pregnancy-related emergencies and 1,270 medical emergencies,” a company official shared.
State health minister Deepak Sawant said, “We plan to launch 30 additional ambulance bikes, of which 10 will be used in Mumbai, and 20 in inaccessible places in Jawhar, Mokhada, Nandurbar and Melghat.” The maximum calls received in Mumbai were from areas with narrow roads and near railway stations.