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Pb CM flags off 9 hi-tech ambulances

| | SAS Nagar | in Chandigarh

Giving a major fillip to Punjab Government’s drive to strengthen the state’s healthcare facilities, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday flagged off nine hi-tech ambulances, equipped with the world-class equipment, from Mohali.

Capt Amarinder lauded the efforts of Congress’ Rajya Sabha MP Ambika Soni, who had procured the ambulances from MPLAD funds for the nine segments of Sri Anandpur Sahib Parliamentary Constituency, which includes Mohali.

Urging other Congress MPs to emulate Soni’s pro-poor initiative, Capt Amarinder said that such initiatives would go a long way in improving the health services in the state, which had witnessed significant strengthening of health infrastructure in the past one year.

He cited the decline in the number of fatal road accidents to point out that timely on-road medical assistance through such ambulances can significantly cut down on fatalities.

Capt Amarinder said that his government was working on the upgradation of health services in Mohali, which had emerged as a major industrial and IT hub.

Soni, speaking at the event, described the ambulances as her humble contribution towards the Chief Minister's mission to provide the best health and medical services to the people at affordable cost. She also urged her colleagues to undertake similar endeavours to ensure quality health for all.

While three ambulances will cater to the needs of the people of Rupnagar, two have been earmarked for SAS Nagar, three for Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and one for Hoshiarpur.

The ambulances are equipped with ABS interiors, foot operated hand wash system and wash basin, inverter, emergency light bar with siren and public address system, oxygen cylinder trolley for loading 2D type oxygen cylinders and side door for accessing oxygen cylinders (without oxygen cylinders), analog oxygen delivery system besides auto loader stretcher trolley with floor mounting mechanism.

The state Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra appreciated the Chief Minister for his personal efforts in getting the Mohali Government medical college approved from the Centre.

“The previous SAD-BJP regime did not pursue the college proposal effectively, and in fact, the then Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal had explicitly stated the state government's inability in this regard on the relevant file,” he said.

Reiterating the Congress government's commitment to set up five new medical colleges in the state, Mohindra said that a beginning had been made from Mohali and the plans for the remaining four would also be realised soon.




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