Dhule accident – Lives saved by Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services 108 

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24th November 2017: Dated 24 November 2017 5:00 am, Emergency Response center 108 received a call and was informed by a caller about an accident of a Tempo Passenger Collision with Tractor near Darane phata, Chimthane, Dhondai road Dist – Dhule. Tempo passenger carried individuals of all age group who were on the way to Yatra.

After the call was received details about incident address were captured and the nearest ambulance from Songir Rural Hospital was dispatched at 05:03 am. Meanwhile Nearest other 3 ambulances from Nardana Primary Health Center, Dhule District Hospital was dispatched. The ambulance reached the incident place at 05:18 am. Emergency Medical officer provided First aid care.

Total 23 emergency patients were handled by 108. Injured had Head Injuries, fracture, abdominal trauma, Chest injury. All patients were handed over to Songir RH and Dhule District Hospital for further treatment.

The government of Maharashtra – Department of Public Health & National Health Mission has launched Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS), an ambitious initiative to serve the entire population of Maharashtra. It is operated by BVG India Ltd and UKSAS. It provides 108 based Toll-free medical access anywhere in Maharashtra. It can be dialed from any landline or mobile phone to avail this service. Total 937 ambulances which include 233 Advanced Life Support (ALS) and 704 Basic Life Support Ambulances (BLS) with over 5000 EMS professionals (Doctors, Drivers & Managers) are working in MEMS. State of the art Emergency Response Centre (ERC)/control room is established at Pune to respond to toll-free “108” number. MEMS have served over 1942695 emergency patients since launch January 2014 till date 10 Nov 2017.