The motorcycle-ambulance is saving lives in remote regions where people had been dying because of lack of medical facilities and most of them could not make it to the nearest hospital on time.
NGO Saathi is jointly supported by Chhatisgarh Health Department and the UNICEF for the motorcycle ambulance initiative.
The ambulance, which had seen success in African countries, is a modified four-stoke motorcycle fitted with a side-carriage customised for the comfort of the patient. In the maze-type forest terrain, these two wheelers are driven by local riders only, who are trained to provide basic necessary first aid.
Health specialist at UNICEF, Ajay Trakroo said, “Pregnant women are our main focus in the area as mortality rate is high in this conflict bound region of Chhattisgarh. With this experiment we are trying to provide necessary health care to them.”
According to a report published in Indian Express, Sukmi and her baby would not have survived had it not been for the motorcycle -ambulance that was able to ferry her from her remote village and take her to the civil hospital in Narayanpur district.
Her case is not exceptional. The motorcycle-ambulance has saved the lives of over 200 pregnant women and helped see a drop in maternal and infant mortality rate in the Maoist-hit Narayanpur district of Bastar division in Chhattisgarh.
As of now there is only one motorcycle-ambulance in the entire state which serves the pregnant women and other serious patients in whole of Bastar division. It is a referral ambulance that only ferries the patient to the hospital.