In a joint initiative by the Upper Assam Chamber of Commerce and the Jorhat district administration, an auto ambulance service was launched on Monday to bring Covid-19 positive people from various testing centres in the district.
The district administration has also created a website, covid19jorhat.in, from where one can call ambulances, get admitted to the nearest hospital depending upon bed availability, see where the nearest centres are for testing and vaccination or buy essential commodities from a list of telephone numbers of grocers, vegetable sellers, etc.
The auto-rickshaw ambulance service was jointly launched by Jorhat MLA Hitendranath Goswami and Rajya Sabha MP from Jorhat Kamakhya Prasad Tasa at the deputy commissioner’s office.
The cost of operations of the fleet of 10 auto ambulances will be borne by the Upper Assam Chamber of Commerce.
“The ambulance service is free of cost to the patient and he or she will be taken home or to a hospital, as required from the testing centres,” Goswami said.
The auto-rickshaw drivers have been provided with PPE kits, gloves, masks and sanitisers.
The service will be available for one month.
The district administration has also provided three phone numbers, a control room number which will be monitored 24×7, 03762300124, another number which can be accessed from 10 am and 5pm 03762300125 and toll-free number 1077.
A control room WhatsApp number 7086931228 has also been opened for any information on health issues and one can call 03762300059 and for help contact 6000262701/9101833155.