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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari and others during the unveiling of an ambulance
With an intention to serve COVID-19 patients in a timely and better manner, Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Monday converted 25 mini buses into ambulances for the patients. 75 drivers and 75 conductors have been appointed by the NMC for these 25 ambulances, which will offer free of cost service to patients for 24x7.
The ambulances were unveiled by Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari in the presence of Jitendra Kukde (Former Chairman, NMC’s Transport Committee), Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade, Standing Committee Chairman Prakash Bhoyar, Leader of Opposition Tanaji Vanve, Health Committee Chairman Mahesh Mahajan, Additional Commissioner Sanjay Nipane, among others.
After unveiling the ambulances, Tiwari said that he received several complaints that the ambulances in the city were overcharging patients. He informed that the buses were converted into ambulances in just 10 days and that there was an oxygen facility on each ambulance. Keeping in mind the danger posed to drivers and conductors, Tiwari said ambulance operators have been asked to avail health insurance of Rs 10 lakh for each driver and conductor.
A different cell has been set up for the management of the ambulances. COVID-19 patients, who wish to call the ambulance can call on 0712-2551417 or 9096159472.