A view of the ambulance inauguration programme. Image credit - Northeast Now

Union minister of state for sports and youth affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday digitally flagged off five ambulances for West Siang and Shi-Yomi districts.

The ambulances will be used to evacuate patients from far-flung areas so that they get the required medical attention in time.

The ambulances were procured under the corporate social responsibility scheme of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

Out of the 5 ambulances, two would cater to the people of Nikte and Liromoba circles in West Siang while the rest would be dedicated to the Tato, Monigong and Mechuka health centers in Shi-Yomi district.

In his address to the people through a video conference from New Delhi, Rijiju said the ONGC has been helping the people of the state for such noble causes whenever approached.

Rijiju also thanked the Union petroleum ministry for helping him materialize the same.

“These ambulances will prove to be a huge boost to the health sector of West Siang and Shi-Yomi districts,” the union minister said.

He also asked the district administrations and health departments of the two districts to use the ambulances for the services of the needy, especially those living in remote areas.

West Siang deputy commissioner Swetika Sachan extended her gratitude to Rijiju and ONGC for the live-saving vehicles.

She said the initiative would do a world of good for evacuating patients during emergency cases.

Also present on the occasion were East Siang divisional forest officer Abhinav Kumar, district medical officer Dr Moli Riba and district informatics officers KC Wangmo and Nyaken Ori.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: