SuwaSeriya 1990 ambulance service has received more than 445,000 telephone calls from needy people, so far. Though the ambulance service earned a lot of flaks from some quarters at the outset, it has been able to save thousands of lives over the past year and a half.
The 1990 ambulance service is supported by the Government of India and offers services to the people free of charge. Initially, 88 ambulances were deployed in the Western and Southern Provinces for the benefit of patients.
It operates around the clock and more than 57,000 people have sought the service, up to now. 13 percent of them are heart patients. 18 percent of the total number of ambulance services were relating to accidents.
Program Manager of the Ambulance Service, GayanChathuranga, highlighted the service has been given to 21 pregnant mothers.
The second phase of the ambulance service will commence tomorrow at Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe. Under the second phase, 209 ambulances will be dispatched to all provinces with a grant of 15 million US dollars. In addition, 27 Ambulances equipped with special facilities will also be deployed for public service.
The government aims to deploy helicopters and boat services to places where ambulances cannot reach, with the view of broadening the health services in rural and remote areas.
Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva and the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka are to sign the agreements for the second phase of the Emergency Ambulance Service.