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Life stuck in melee: Sewa bharati Ambulances save Lives

Source: TOI
CHANDIGARH: A city that boasts of best services in education and hospitals is still not equipped to ensure emergency transportation and rescue within an hour of an accident. This period right after a mishap is also known as the golden hour because of the value it has for a victim's life. In all, 31% of the fatal accidents in past five years in the city have occurred due to loss of this precious time.

Data of autopsies in the past five years conducted at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, show that out of 784 cases of fatal accidents from 2006 to 2010, 246 people were brought dead after the golden hour to hospitals.

Also, 70% of the deceased were between the ages of 16-40 years. Red Cross and an NGO, Sewa Bharti, operate ambulances in the city. Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16, has its own fleet of nine such vehicles. But remarkably, there is shortage of drivers. UT's director (health services) Dr Chander Mohan said, 'We are i…