Govt planning to take EMS nationwide

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Apr 4, 2017-

The government is planning to expand emergency medical services (EMS), which is available only in Dhading district at present, to other parts of the country to reduce human casualties in times of big disasters like the 2015 Gorkha earthquake and  road accidents.

 EMS can be defined as a comprehensive system that provides the arrangements of rescue and medical personnel, facilities and equipment for effective and timely delivery of healthcare services to the victims of sudden illness or injuries. 

The EMS programme was launched for the first time in Dhading with the assistance of Medical Teams International and now the Ministry of Health is considering taking it nationwide. MTI Country Director Anders Norcutt said the organisation saw 

the need of starting its works in Nepal in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake. 

The EMS programme was started in Dhading as “Better Late Than Never Initiative” with the aim of producing 900 trained primary rescuers and 256 medical rescuers at the local level. 

So far 357 people have completed the training for primary rescuers and 51 for medical rescuers in the district. 

Bhogendra Dotel, the spokesperson at the Ministry of Health, said they were planning to expand the EMS programme in other parts of the country after studying its impact in Dhading. 

Published: 04-04-2017 07:52

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