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Ambulance service

The state government’s ambitious plan to start ambulance service in all the primary health centres (PHCs) will see light of the day tomorrow on the occasion of Bihar Divas. Chief minister Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the first fleet of 50 ambulances tomorrow at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

People can avail the free ambulance service by calling the toll free number 102. The plan was first envisaged in 2010.

Health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey today said expecting women, sick infants below one year, people above 60 years of age and accident victims could avail the service free of cost. The rest will have to pay Rs 9 per km for hiring the ambulance for transportation to the nearest government hospital.

“The ambulances have been bought by the government and will be operated on public-private partnership by a Delhi-based agency. The vehicles will be equipped with 30 general medicines and 15 equipment, including oxygen cylinder,” said Choubey.