Hyderabad: The Cyberabad police, in association with the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC), flagged off two ambulances on 24 July. The ambulances will operate in Cyberabad, Hyderabad, and Rachakonda districts for free of cost, and will be part of SCSC's Covid Control Room.

Speaking about the initiative, Krishna Yedula, the General Secretary SCSC said, "We were running ambulances for non-COVID patients during the lockdown. We stopped this service once the city started reopening. But in the past few weeks, the demand for ambulances has been high." Their ambulances will now help both COVID and non-COVID patients.

"In March and April, when there was a complete lockdown in the state, patients who were undergoing dialysis or chemotherapy were finding it difficult to call up regular ambulances since they were charging a lot," Krishna said. During the period, SCSC had launched 12 ambulances for non-COVID patients to take them to the hospital. However, the services were stopped in June. But of late, the SCSC started getting calls asking if they had ambulances.

The ambulances launched on Friday will cater to all patients and will be maintained by Red Ambulance and funded by the SCSC. They will be stationed at the Cyberabad commissionarate COVID control room 24/7.

The Covid Control Room is a combined initiative of the Cyberabad Police and SCSC, and includes members from both the forces. It was started in March, after the pandemic-induced-lockdown.

To access the ambulance service, citizens can contact the Covid Control Room at 94906 17440 or 94906 17431

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