Two ambulances would be stationed at each district headquarters to serve the block and village levels on an SOS basis, free of charge
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday launched the first phase of an ambulance service to cater to the needs of people living in remote areas of the state.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav flagged off 200 brand new ambulances for some districts of the state.
The service was launched under a scheme funded by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and would be available free of charge.
He also announced that in the second phase, 772 ambulances would be rolled out in other districts in October this year.
Two ambulances would be stationed at each district headquarters to serve block and village levels on SOS basis, an official said.
A call centre will soon be set up, and those in need of emergency ambulance services could call 102.
The state government is set to recruit some 2,100 drivers on contract basis to man the vehicles, reports IANS.