Recently, a pregnant woman in labour pain was carried to the hospital in a ‘Feeder Ambulance’. The medics on bike in Andhra Pradesh rushed to the remote village to rescue the pregnant woman in pain.
The medical service proved to be boon for the woman living in the remote area else, she would have been carried to the hospital in a makeshift stretcher (doli) leading to unimaginable consequences. Several incidents have been reported in the past where pregnant woman, heart patients or the cases of snake bites which need quick medical aid, were forced to be shifted on shoulders or by Doli due to no road connectivity. No ambulance would reach the villages as there are no roads for hill top areas like Vempatapuram, Tadikonda and Dhulikuppa in Andhra Pradesh.
Reportedly, a 25-year-old pregnant woman had to be carried to the hospital for her delivery in a doli after ambulance services were unable to reach her home located on a hilltop. The woman developed premature labour pains while she was being carried in the stretcher and gave birth on the way. The baby boy lost his life.
Observing several of such incidents, the Andhra government took steps towards the health care of people living in remote tribal areas. The state government started feeder ambulances services which will reach the remote hilly tribal areas for medical emergencies.
What is Feeder Amulance?
This ambulance is nothing but a motorcycle and a small bed is attached and covered it with dome. Once the call lands in to feeder ambulance driver phone, in next 10-15 minutes the patient is picked. It can carry the patients to hospitals even through narrow roads.
Bike drivers are trained on basic health tips to give first aid. The patient can sleep in that bed and the attendant of patient can sit behind the driver.
There are a total of 122 feeder ambulances in the state placed at remote points each covering 4-5 inaccessible villages and 500-800 tribal population in TSP mandals like G L Puram, J M Valasa, Kurupam, Komarada, Makkuva, Saluru, Pachipenta and plain tribal areas like S Kota mandals. The ambulance can be reached by dialing 108 call.