With 12 days to go for the event, the state government has scrapped the names of private hospitals from the list of sources that were supposed to provide ambulances. Health minister Kiran Walia said there was no shortage of ambulances.
According to the latest report on medical arrangements by the health department, 64 ambulances will cater to the Games. The department has procured 31 new ambulances from a private company called MGM, seven Advanced Life Support ambulances have been sourced through the state government, 12 have been brought from Central government hospitals and the rest have been provided by CATS. The CRPF has donated two ambulances to the organizing committee (OC).
Private hospitals and agencies, including the I-Care group, Max Hospital and another Noida-based hospital, which were in talks with the government for providing ambulances and drivers if required, have not been involved by the state yet. ‘‘We along with other service providing agencies and the Delhi Medical Association have been in dialogue with the government on providing some ambulances. We are still waiting confirmation on the exact requirement, if any,” said an official at Max Hospital, Saket.
Walia said the government had arranged the required number of ambulances on its own. “We have sufficient ambulances, which will be available round-the-clock near polyclinics, hotels and the airport. The accreditation process for 167 crew members, who will man these vehicles, is 75% complete,” said Walia. She said 35 venue medical centers and 38 first-aid posts have been made operational. On an average, one ambulance will be stationed outside the 35 medical centers and the rest will be placed across important points near the training venues and Games village. The ambulance command and control will be done through CATS control room in West Delhi.
For transportation to different locations of medical inside the Games village, the government has arranged eight-seater golf carts. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, and G B Pant Hospital will have provisions for definitive treatment of accredited personnel.