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Ambulance on demand on zone helplines: NMC

Nagpur: Correcting the mistake of not providing ambulance service after allowing home isolation amid a surge in cases, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has increased its ambulance fleet to 65. The civic body now claims to have ambulance services on call from all 10 zone offices.

Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B and NMC standing committee chairman Vijay Zalke on Wednesday flagged off 25 ambulances added to the fleet. Ambulance will be provided free of cost to Covid-19 patients at all 10 zones. People should contact given helpline numbers of respective zone, NMC said.

The civic body had allowed home isolation for positive patients from July-end. Similarly, home quarantine of high-risk contacts was also allowed. There was steep rise in cases in August. This led to the need to facilitate ambulance service to Covid hospital and back. But the civic body had only 20 ambulances, which were busy at Covid Care Centres, testing centres etc.

The family of a deceased had even alleged the patient died due to delay in ambulance reaching their home. Also, positive patients are themselves driving to diagnostic centres and hospitals. Asymptomatic patients are taking symptomatic relatives in their own vehicles to hospitals. Such instances create a good chance for spread of the disease. TOI