Bhubaneswar: The 108 ambulance service in the state completed eight years of its uninterrupted emergency service to Odisha on March 5, 2021. It was launched on March 5, 2013 and since then has been able to serve more than 27 lakh persons from different parts of the state. 

The emergency health service, connecting patients with health care institutions, had been successful to render its service in several urban, rural as well as inaccessible remote locations. 

To mark the special day and celebrate the successful completion of eight years in state, Ziqitza Healthcare, that operates 108 ambulances in the state, donated tricycles to several differently-able and poor persons at the SCB Medical College and Hospital premises, Cuttack. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sabyasachi Biswal, State Head of Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd (ZHL)said, “We are happy to announce that we have completed eight successful years in providing the ambulance service to the people of the state. As part of our long association with the state we felt that if we can make a difference by providing tricycles to SCB Medical College and Hospital and help save and enrich more lives. Last one year was most challenging so far for us, because despite Covid-19 our crew members have shown exemplary resolve to transport patients without any hesitation. In the last eight years, we have evolved and committed to improve our service to be more people friendly.” 

Currently, the operating agency hosts 596 numbers of 108 ambulances and 500 numbers of 102 ambulances in all 30 districts of Odisha for emergency services. Through 108 ambulance services, more than 32 lakh people have availed the ambulance service while 30 lakh pregnant women and children utilized the 102 ambulance services during the last seven years. Similarly, six of these 108 boat ambulance services are also dedicated to cut-off areas of the state. 108 Ambulance services have been operated from state of the art facilities in Bhubaneswar. Special boat ambulances were also launched in the last one year to cater to the needs of several cut off areas.

There are numerous examples, where the crew members played an important role in saving valuable lives despite challenges galore. A dedicated call centre of the agency had always been on their toes to receive calls from distressed patients and transport them to hospitals at the earliest possible time. The executives at the Bhubaneswar-based integrated center identify the exact location of the patient and assist them to get the nearest available ambulance as soon as possible.

Ziqitza ensures that 108 ambulances are strategically located in the operational districts in such a way that the entire district can be covered within minimum time. The entire service right from a person making a call to the necessary pre-hospital care in the ambulance and taking the victim to the nearest hospital is absolutely free to every citizen in Odisha. 

There are many instances where crew members have set examples by exhibiting honesty and humanity in their work. In recent years, 108 employees have received praise and accolades from the public by returning valuable belongings of patients to their families and relatives. The crew members were felicitated by the people on several occasions for such actions. Also, Ziqitza Rajasthan congratulates team Odisha for their glorious completion of 8 years in the state.

About Ziqitza Healthcare Limited

Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL), has been one of the leading players in India’s Emergency Medical Services industry since 2005. Ziqitza is a “one-stop integrated healthcare solution” for corporate or government that include Integrated Emergency Services and Corporate Health Solutions. The service network includes 3,300 ambulances, state of art Helpline centres and medical mobile units that services 2 customers every second in India. We work with multiple state governments and 75 corporate clients in India and Gulf. Ziqitza Limited is winner of Global Real impact Awards and Times Social Impact Award.