GPS monitoring of ambulances for fast switch of Covid sufferers to hospital

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For better COVID management and quick transfer of patients to the dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCH) and COVID Care Centers (CCC), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started GPS tracking of ambulances.

While city authorities have a fleet of 64 ambulances under the COVID management program, 40 are already GPS enabled and the rest will be equipped with the tracking devices very soon, a senior official said.

Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is taking care of the technological upgrading of the ambulances used in the COVID service, the official said.

When a patient is referred to move to a DCH or CCC after an appropriate teleconsultation with the BMC COVID care 24×7 helpline ‘1929’ operating from the office in Smart City, BMC will assign available bed in one of the COVID hospitals or CCC .

An ambulance is alerted to collect the patient from his place of residence. These ambulances are now equipped with built-in GPS devices for real-time tracking. This provides an estimated time of arrival of the ambulance at the patient’s home, just like we know the location of a taxi when booking through various apps on our cellphones, he said.

Of the 64 ambulances, three with three administrative zones each are located under BMC. This number is increased by seven in each zone to provide 10 ambulances in each zone under the zonal control room for ambulance operations.

34 ambulances are located in the Capital Hospital in the heart of the city under a central ambulance control room.

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