To ensure that sick and pregnant women in central India can be transported to hospital, some areas have a motorcycle ambulance.
Chhattisgarh, a heavily forested state in central India, is sparsely populated and many villages are miles away from passable roads. To ensure that the approximately 140,000 inhabitants have a means of being transported to hospital, the state provides motorcycle ambulances. The local authorities are responsible, which are also supported by UNICEF.
The motorcycle ambulance service has been in place since 2014, and 13 of them are now operating in a total of three districts of Chhattisgarh. Especially pregnant women and mothers, but also victims of snakebites and other emergencies are brought by the ambulances to the nearest hospital. Tests for malaria or diabetes are then often used on site, as confidence in the care provided is steadily growing.
In many regions of the world, the infrastructure simply does not allow people to be rescued quickly and efficiently. Therefore, it is worthwhile to further promote alternative transport solutions. As in this example. Many people, especially in rural or poorer regions, are used to moving around in small or slower vehicles. In a rescue operation, things have to move fast. All helping hands are needed. To save lives and in the same breath to stimulate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.