Goa Government in association with Merck a leading science and Technology Company in healthcare have flagged off 15 new first responder bike ambulances for the 108 Emergency services. The First Responder bike ambulances were flagged off by Honourable health minister, Shri Vishwajit Rane and Country speaker Nithin Singh, Merck India among other dignitaries at a function in Panjim.
The new ambulances will further strength the existing fleet of bike ambulances taking the total number to 40. The bikes are based on Bajaj Avenger Street variant and are fitted with life saving facilities like Oxygen cylinders, first aid kit and other immediate tech required for stabilising the patient until further help arrives.
Speaking on the occasion Honourable health minister Shri Vishwajit Rane, said ‘’We are pleased with the initiative taken up by Merck in contributing 15 additional bikes ambulances. These new ambulances will cover each part of Goa thus contributing to the mission of saving lives and providing health security.
In a press release, the Directorate of health services has further conveyed that the new 108 First Responder Bike Ambulances will be stationed at strategic locations across the major cities in Goa thus ensuring faster access to care for emergency and accident victims.
‘’ Merck is ranked 4th in the 2016 Access to medicine Index, One of our most credible sustainability ratings worldwide. This reflects our commitment to improving sustainable access to healthcare solutions for all communities regardless of their location. Our partnership with Goa government on bike ambulance initiative has further reinforced to provide timely healthcare in locations that may not be easily accessed by the regular health and emergency services’’ said Nithin Singh, Country speaker Merck India,