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Boat ambulance service for coastal villages soon in Mumbai


Decision taken at Uran MLA-PWD officials’ meet

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Monday announced that it is going to start a boat ambulance service for the convenience of people living in coastal villages near Mumbai. The service is aimed to provide quick response in case of medical emergency.

The decision was taken at a meeting which was attended by Uran MLA Manohar Bhoir along with officials from the Public Works Department. Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant said, “The ‘boat ambulance’ will speedily reach villages located near Mumbai, and villages like Uran, Pali and Mhasala, which are located near Mumbai, will be benefitted through this service.”

Senior state government officials added, “The service will commence in a couple of months. We will procure the boat with the necessary medical equipments. In the meantime, we will finalise which government department will operator the service.”

Meanwhile, Sawant announced that a new 100-bed government-run hospital will be constructed in Uran. A government hospital in Uran is needed because of its proximity to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. In case of an accidental emergency, a nearby government hospital would be helpful, the Minister told reporters. “The tender and other necessary documents will be cleared in next two months. I have also asked the PWD and state health officials to hold a joint visit in Uran for expediting the procedure for construction of the hospital, Sawant said.

Another government hospital will come up in Panvel by 2017 as the Panvel Municipal Council has been recently converted into a Municipal Corporation and hence there is a need for up-gradation of several facilities. “Panvel is also close to [Mumbai-Pune] Expressway as well as Mumbai Goa highway and a well-equipped hospital is a must in the region. I have asked the officials from my department to release funds on priority basis for Panvel Municipal Corporation as well as for other similar infrastructural development in the health sector,” Sawant added.