Shillong, Feb. 9: Over 9,000 lives have been saved in Meghalaya by the “Wheels of Hope” ever since it started operating five years ago.
The “Wheels of Hope” was launched on February 2, 2009, three months after the Meghalaya government had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI).
Since 2009 and until date, over 15 lakh calls were received by the ERC (Emergency Response Centre) while 9,339 lives were saved following the intervention of the 108 Emergency Service Ambulances.
From the services, 79 per cent of the overall population, which is below the poverty line has benefited from the service.
People under the age group category of 20-24 stand the highest at 18 per cent to have availed of the service.
On the gender front, 56 per cent of females have availed of the service as compared to males, which is only 40 per cent. Government hospitals have the maximum admission of 74 per cent patients shifted by the 108 emergency ambulance service.
Moreover, over 20,000 pregnancy-related cases have been assisted by the 108 ambulance team, of which, more than 700 deliveries were successfully conducted inside the ambulances.
The ambulances are now being centrally monitored via the use of automatic vehicle location-tracking devices.
This aids in determining the geographic location and exact position of the ambulances using global positioning system (GPS).
For its services, the GVK-EMRI here has received several awards both within and outside the state.