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AIIMS to provide Ambulance service in Odisha capital soon

Bhubaneswar,November 23: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to provide Ambulance service to trauma patients in Odisha capital soon, particularly the security personnel and the civilians injured in Maoist-related violence.

A decision in this regard has been taken by the Centre to start services at AIIMS centres in Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

The proposed service, which is likely to be operational in one year, would provide speciality and super speciality services to the persons sustaining critical injuries in Maoist-related violence.

In order to uplift the morale of the jawans and provide trauma care to civilians, air ambulance services would soon be started at Bhubaneswar and Raipur. The facility could pave way for saving many valuable lives.

"A proposal for construction of helipad at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar has been finalised. However, we cannot comment on the exact time-frame on completion of the project at this point of time" Bhubaneswar AIIMS Director, Prof Dr Ashok Mohapatra said.

According to official data, around 12, 000 people have died in nine Maoist-affected states, including Odisha, in the last 20 years.  Of the casualties, 9, 471 were civilians and 2, 712 were security personnel.

It may be recalled that 21 security personnel were killed in landmine blast triggered by Maoists in Malkangiri on July 26, 2008. In another incident, 11 SOG jawans were killed in Koraput in Maoist onslaught.

While 11 districts in Odisha are Maoist-affected, hundreds of security personnel and civilians are killed every year.

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