Though three weeks have passed since the second fleet of the first responder bike ambulances was launched, the GVK EMRI 108 management has failed to operationalise five of the 15 bike ambulances.
Sources revealed that currently there are only 10 bike ambulances on road providing services from the second fleet which was inaugurated by Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on the eve of Independence Day (August 14) in the
The sources said that a total of 30-odd bike ambulances are stationed at different locations, however, five of the newly-launched bike ambulances are lying idle in the premises of Goa Medical College and Hospital.
The sources said that 108 management has failed to run the services at full capacity due to lack of required manpower and currently those working as the first responder technicians were from neighbouring states and not familiar with the local areas.
Interestingly, when the second fleet of bike ambulances was launched on August 14, one of the staffers from the human resource department of GVK EMRI 108 was asked to fill in for a first responder technician and made to ride one of the bike ambulances.
Similarly, even after one month of the launch of the first fleet of 20 bike ambulances in February earlier this year, the GVK EMRI 108 had failed to operationalise 10 ambulances.
This reporter through an official email sent to the GVK EMRI 108 management had sought details of the bike ambulance services, however telephonically it was communicated that Purti Patkar, head of operations, GVK EMRI 108 has refused to provide the required information.