Pune-based automotive manufacturing company, Reddy Customs has set its target to manufacture about 200 to 300 ambulances in financial year 2020-21. These ambulances will be classified into A, C, and D categories – medical first responder, basic life support ambulance and advance life support ambulance respectively.
These ambulances are going to be built under Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) guidelines. According to the CEO of Reddy Customs, Srinivas Reddy, these ambulances will be enabled with an app that will work as a tracking device for the driver and the person who calls for it.
This is done to avoid any kind of time discrepancy. “We will also provide a built-in automatic sanitization system to make sure the hygiene and safety,” says Reddy.
As India’s COVID-19 tally crosses the 18 lakh mark, the situation of the country’s healthcare system remains a topic of huge concern. Especially the lack or unavailability of ambulances is largely putting the lives of people at stake every day.
The government, under its National Ambulance Service, runs close to 25,000 units in India. The current manufacturing facilities are also unable to fulfill the demand to produce the number of ambulances that are needed. Reddy Customs is ready to fill the gap of emergency infrastructure that is the need of the hour. And produce a large number of such ambulances that are developed with the latest technology.
The ambulances built by Reddy Customs will have several important features in the interiors such as exhaust fan, washbasin, a cabinet for storing medical consumables, separate doctor’s seat with a lap belt, squad bench for paramedic staff or relatives, sidewalls reinforced to mount ventilators, suction pumps, etc.
“Majority of ambulances available with the hospitals currently are not well-equipped or lack a proper structure of facilities onboard. Since we are a customization company, we are making sure that our ambulances meet top quality along with the latest technology in terms of equipment,” Reddy adds.
There have been many such cases in the recent past, where patients have lost their lives while waiting for hours for the ambulance to arrive. To make the matter worse, many private ambulance service providers are charging a bomb.