Launch of 2 bicycle ambulances for remote Kalahandi areas of Odisha
Two bicycle ambulances were inaugurated in Kalahandi district of Odisha on Friday to cater to the needs of people living in remote areas.
Collector Anvesha Reddy inaugurated these bicycle ambulances at a reception at Bhawanipatna district headquarters.
The ambulances would be put into service in M Blocks Rampur and Lanjigarh, serving around 55,000 people living in remote areas, the district administration tweeted.
“These will help transport pregnant women as well as other emergency cases and improve institutional deliveries while reducing mortality,” he said.
The ambulances will operate under a public-private partnership under special central assistance. The cost of the project is Rs 15 lakh each for five years.
Three such bicycle ambulances are already operational in the neighborhood, the collector said.
In 2016, Dana Majhi, a resident of the neighborhood, carried his wife’s body on his shoulders for more than 10 km because he could not get an ambulance, causing international shock.
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