Inspired by the African countries, the idea of motorbikes has been introduced in India for the time. And the concept has worked out in the remote regions of Chhattisgarh, where sick and pregnant women often die as they would not reach the hospital on time.
Recently, eight months pregnant lady Sukmi’s water broke when who was in Ongnarpal, a village deep inside the forests of Chhattisgarh, miles away from the hospitals where four-wheeler is impossible to reach. She was rushed to the nearby hospital “just in time,” on the motorbike-ambulance and she gave birth a girl baby.
A health expert at UNICEF, Ajay Trakroo said that the concept is introduced in the year 2015 with the authorization of UNICEF in collaboration with the Saathi Samaj Sevi Sanstha and the Health Department of the state. The motorbike-ambulance is a re-designed four-stroke motorbike that has a side-carriage for carrying patients.
“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 the pregnant women of this Maoist-affected tribal and hard-to- reach forest area,” stated Trakroo in a statement.
Currently, the state has only one motorcycle-ambulance but soon the state will be facilitated with ten more vehicles. The ambulance priced at 1.7 lakhs need an average investment of Rs. 15000 to maintain them. According to the reports, the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Raipur is working on upgrading the design of the motorbike-ambulances to benefit the remote region patients.
After the entry, these motorbike-ambulances have already saved 300 lives of which 80 percent were pregnant women. The concept brought down the infant and maternal mortality rate in the Maoist-region of Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. Driven by locals, these carriages save time in hard situations. Reports say that the locals are trained to first-aid the patients.