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Friday, February 15, 2013 9:40:53 AM (IST)  

Mangalore: Govt Ambulance stranded near Padil - EMRI clarifies

Mangalore: Govt Ambulance stranded near Padil - EMRI clarifies

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Feb 15: Following recent media reports of a government ambulance getting stranded near Padil after its fuel tank ran dry while bringing accident victims, Jagadish P Patil, state head of GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) which is in charge of Arogya Kavacha emergency service, has issued a clarification to daijiworld.

The accident occurred at Savanur near Puttur on February 8 afternoon, wherein two persons were injured. The 108 ambulance had been promptly driven to the spot of the accident after the call came, but as the ambulance approached Padil on the outskirts of the city, its fuel tank went dry, and the vehicle was stranded on the highway for about 30 minutes. The driver of the ambulance had disowned any responsibility for the incident, but he arranged for another ambulance which arrived in about half an hour.

The clarification reads as follows:

"Arogya Kavacha 108 is a FREE emergency service and operates 517 ambulances in the state of Karnataka and handles approximately 1800 emergencies per day. This services is running successfully for the fifth year having started on November 1, 2008 in Karnataka.

The reported incident which appeared on 9th Feb, 2013 is not the true representation of our total operations because each of the ambulances have been provided with petro cards for fuel filling.

It is the responsibility of the Pilot (Driver) to ensure diesel is filled and basic maintenances are carried in day to day operation.

However, this is one of the stray incidents that has occurred. We have taken stock of the situation and have taken appropriate corrective action so such instances do not repeat in future.

We are committed towards providing world class Emergency care to our citizens and we will continue to do so."


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Comments on this article
Rajesh, Brahmavara/UK
Friday, February 15, 2013

What do they mean by World class emergency? Do they have well trained and equipped paramedics in the ambulance? Its not the nurses or the doctors go in the ambulance, its the paramedics.Take a note of protocols of emergency ambulance services of other countries.. then call it as world class.

Dr Arun Prasad, Mudipu
Friday, February 15, 2013

2 days back in Sullia the land of my mother-in law caught fired.She immidiately dialed '108'instead of 101.The concerned ambulance authority informed the same to Sullia fire station.Immidiately they contacted the lady and reached the spot.Operation is successfull.Thanks to all.

K P Adhikari , KAS (Rtd), bangalore
Friday, February 15, 2013

Dear editor,
What I appreciate here is acknowledging the mistake and giving clarification by responsible officer. We need more officers like Mr Patil in Karnataka so public service is fairly done.
Many officers despite of doing mistakes fail to admit or clarify. That would lead to negative propoganda of departments.
I will discuss this incident with Mr J Shettar our CM and appreciate the action of Mr Patil on this world popular web portal. Many government officers are keeping a watch on this website in Bangalore. Harish Gowda, IAS spoke very high about recently in Bangalore

Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai
Friday, February 15, 2013

Maybe the driver filled Thotte using the Petro card...........

Anil, Abu Dhabi
Friday, February 15, 2013

May be Petro card with Pilot and not with the Ambulance Driver ....

Edward C Maben, Mangalore/Bangalore
Friday, February 15, 2013

Yes, this one is one stray incident. And after all the driver too may have some explaination of his. Gues this must not be blown out of proportions. However at the same time ensuring that this does not repeat itself.
Also agreed this is a good service the government has given to the common man. However a serious advice to all the politicakl parties. Dont ever think that you guys do the people a favor by giving public services. Its your job. The Indian public is taxed by you people by every way possible. Apart from all the taxes I pay, you also take 200 rupees from my salary as professional tax. So my fellow citizens and me have every right to get required services from you and that includes good health care.

Friday, February 15, 2013


Friday, February 15, 2013

Very good and responsible reaction in fact corrective measures.Operation head/supervisor shoulder some responsibility in that district and proper supervising mechanism in force due to the nature of the service.Ambulance services either it free or paid TIME IS VERY IMPORTANT,I MEAN TIME IS LIFE.IF TIME IS LOST,LIFE COULD BE LOST.(AROGYA KAVACHA IS FREE BUT GOVT OF KARNATAKA NOT PAYING SERVICE CHARGE?)

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