GUWAHATI, April 27 - During the ongoing lockdown, the 108 Mrityunjoy Ambulance Service has served more than 31,000 non-corona cases across the State so far.
According to official statistics, among the cases attended, 16,114 were related to pregnancy, 6,199 were related to abdominal pain, 3,286 to trauma, 1,910 to breathing problems, 1,839 to high fever and 1,705 cases were related to cardiac disease.
An official statement said that the 108 Ambulance Service has a current fleet of 696 surface ambulances in Assam, out of which 85 dedicated ambulances have been designated across the State to cater to COVID-19 patients only.
�Our data indicates that out of the 2,332 suspected COVID-19 cases transported by ambulances designated for the pandemic, the highest number of 332 cases transported were from Cachar district, 253 cases were transported from Kamrup (M) district, 178 from Nalbari district and the lowest number of four cases were transported from Chirang district. Among those cases, 77 per cent were male and 23 per cent were female. The highest number of 210 suspected cases were transported on April 1,� the statement said.
Again, 99 per cent of the cases transported had been shifted to designated government hospitals or quarantine facilities, 1,750 (76 per cent) cases had been shifted to medical colleges or district hospitals, 184 (8 per cent) to PHCs and 380 (16 per cent) to CHCs.
The emergency service has been working round the clock with added manpower support to attend the extra call flow and also cancelled non-essential leave for the ERC staff with exception for critical illnesses or pregnancy-related issues. It has also increased its manpower by 20 per cent at the response centres to cater to the huge volume of calls.
�The administration and authorities have also played a major part in the smooth operations of the 108 Service where they have provided PPE kits to the ambulances whenever a COVID-19 suspect is to be transported. The district authorities have also played a crucial role by successfully imparting training to our EMTs and pilots across all districts for handling COVID-19 cases and wholeheartedly supported us by all means possible,� the statement added.