Kejriwal launches bike ambulances for east Delhi on pilot basis

(Eds: With additional details) New Delhi, Feb 7 (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched on Thursday bike-ambulance services, equipped with GPS device, for east Delhi on a pilot basis, saying it would provide quick pre-hospital response in congested areas.Talking to reporters after flagging off the fleet of 16 bike ambulances (First Responder Vehicles) outside the Delhi Secretariat here, Kejriwal said it was a big step taken by the Aam Aadmi Party government for the people.The chief minister said it was difficult for four-wheeler ambulances to enter narrow lanes. "If there's a medical emergency in narrow bylanes, bike ambulance can go there and immediately provide its service to patients."The AAP chief said the number of bike ambulances would be increased in the coming days."This is a big step in the health sector. Everybody knows that the Delhi government is doing good works in education and health sectors," Kejriwal said, adding that it would also be good from the traffic point of view. The government in a statement said that Centralised Accident & Trauma Services (CATS) purchased 16 bikes which are fabricated and medically equipped. Among the facilities available in FRV include a portable oxygen cylinder, a first aid kit and dressing materials, air-splints, foldable transfer sheets, ambu bags, glucometer, pulse oxymeter, a portable manual suction machine, a GPS device and a communication device. These FRVs are manned by trained ambulance manpower. Against the sanctioned funds of Rs 40 lakhs, the project is completed in Rs 23 lakhs, the statement stated. PTI BUN DPB