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Monday, February 2, 2009

EMRI services launched in Meghalaya

Shillong (PTI): The Emergency Medical and Research Institute (EMRI), a venture of disgraced Satyam Computer Services founder B Ramalinga Raju, on Monday launched its services in Meghalaya.

Launching the service, Chief Minister Donkupar Roy said the project would help the people to understand the idea of public-private partnership.

"In modern days the government alone cannot avoid the PPP mode. It is not easy to give health services to each and every citizen. The EMRI will help meet this," Roy said.

The EMRI, which will provide a comprehensive emergency response services ranging from medical treatment to assistance during natural calamities, also released 15 state-of-art ambulances to facilitate its operations.

Right from making a call to rendering the necessary pre-hospital care and reaching the victim to the nearest hospital, the entire service will be free. For the first 24 hours, the hospitals having tie-ups with the EMRI will give free hospitalisation.

Ninety five per cent of the service cost will be borne by the state government and the rest by the company.

Meghalaya is the ninth state in the country to have signed an MoU with the EMRI, a non-profit organisation, to run emergency ambulance service in the State using the helpline number 108.

A total of 40 ambulances fitted with life-saving appliances will be deployed by EMRI in a phased manner.

A temporary emergency response centre with 177 people and latest technology has also been set up for Centre's smooth functioning.

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