Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy launched 108/104 ambulance services in the state. Each ambulance is equipped with a modern life support system to provide quick service. A total of 1,088 fleet was flagged off on Wednesday.

The 108 service will cater to the urban people in which 26 are neo-natal ambulances that can handle deliveries. A total of 412 vehicles have been allocated for the 108 services. Of them, 282 are basic life support vehicles and 104 are advanced life support vehicles.

The 104 services will serve the rural and interior villages. A total of 676 mobile medical units (MMU)  have been allocated to all the mandals in the state. Over 744 doctors will be available to provide services in these vehicles.

These doctors will visit every village once in every month. The estimated time of arrival for the ambulances will vary between 15-20 minutes. The budget allocated for this service is Rs 201 crore.

Reddy also started a new program Dr. YSR Rahadari Bhadratha which will ensure the medical treatment to victims of road accidents on highways. Under the scheme, a person will get free treatment for the first 48 hours of the accident, amounting to nearly Rs 50,000.

“I am happy that we have started this service. This is the first time in the history that 1,088 ambulances have been flagged off at a time. One ambulance will cater to 75,000 citizens,” Jagan Mohan Reddy told media persons after the inauguration.

On June 30, the state has reported 704 Covid-19 positive cases crossing the tally of 14,000.

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