After Karnataka, Kerala launches bike ambulances
- Kerala stands third in India in terms of road accidents with nearly 4,000 deaths and 40,000 injuries annually.
- Initially, there would be 50 motorcycles operating near highways in the state.
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation (SSSO) launched the "Sai-aid-on-wheels" project in a function at Thiruvananthapuram Saturday evening.
The All-India President of the organisation, Nimesh Pandya in a release here said, the project would be extended to other parts of the country near all highways, to provide swift medical care to victims of road accidents.
To begin with, there would be 50 motorcycles operating near highways in the state.
The vehicles would be operated by trained young volunteers of the SSSSO, who would provide free and timely first aid to the victims of road accidents, he said.
Pandya further said the concept of bike ambulance has made a huge impact in foreign countries.
State President of SSSSO, EMukundan claimed that the bike ambulance would reach the accident site within 10 minutes and provide basic first aid to the victim till the four-wheeler ambulance arrived.
"In the first phase when 50 vehicles are available, we will cover the distance from Thiruvananthapuram to Alappuzha," he said, adding this service would be available throughout the state in the next two months.
On other programmes of the SSSSO, Pandya said, 900 rural schools in the country would be adopted under the Sathya Sai Vidya Jyothi programme.
As many as 672 schools had already been adopted, and the remaining would be completed in the next two months.
He also said 100 villages would be adopted across the country in the next five years under the Sathya Sai village integrated programme.
The people of these villages would be provided with all facilities like health, water supply, old age care, education, sanitation, disaster management, etc., he added.