CHENNAI: Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami on Thursday flagged off 25 new ‘108 ambulances’ and 10 ‘102 service vehicles’ for women and newborn children for drop and pick up services.
The former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had first launched the 102 vehicles in 2013 in Chennai and later it was extended to other districts. Now, the newly- launched 10 vehicles will be operated in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai, Villupuram and Perambalur to offer drop and pick up services for mother and newborn.
With the launch of 10 new vehicles, the 102 service fleet has increased from 61 to 71. Geographical positioning system also has been fitted in all the vehicles.
Health minister C Vijaya Bhasker and other higher health officials were present during the flagging off.
Now there are 855 ambulances in 108 services and over 48.19 lakh people were benefitted by the services in the last six years.