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Recently, Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) embarked on a major milestone. The organisation served an all time record of over 10,000 emergencies on a single day. The 10,000-emergency milestone reiterates EMRI’s commitment and pledge to save lives. The 108 emergency response services continued with the same vigour and in an uninterrupted manner during January and February 2009. The EMRI team has reposed their faith towards the service and continues to save lives with dedication, passion, commitment and service.

Since its inception in August 2005, EMRI till date has served over 42 lac emergencies and saved over 51,000 lives. Each ambulance attends to an average of six emergencies a day. Rural emergency cases account to 65 percent of the total emergencies of which 97 percent are medical and three percent cases are of police and fire. Out of the total medical emergencies, Maternal complications have been the highest emergencies which account to 21 percent of the total emergencies followed by Injuries (road accidents) which is 16 percent. Acute abdomen is 15 percent. Suicide attempts, cardiac account to five percent each and respiratory problems account to four percent of the total emergencies.

EMRI launched the 108 Emergency Response service on the 15th of August, 2005 in Hyderabad in Public, Private, Partnership with the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Having started operation with barely 15 ambulances, EMRI today operates over 1628 ambulances in nine states ( Andhra Pradesh – 652, Gujarat – 402, Uttarakhand-90 , Goa- 18, Rajasthan-100, Tamil Nadu-159, Karnataka-113, Assam-79 and Meghalaya-15) serving a population of 368 million people . An average of 120+ lives are saved every day, these are the lives that would have been lost in the absence of the 108 emergency response service.

EMRI is a non profit organization in the PPP business model. 95 percent of the costs are funded by the respective state Governments. EMRI has tie ups with over 6800 private and Govt. hospitals to ensure immediate patient stabilization on admission to the hospitals. A completely free service, anyone, anywhere in the operational states can call the toll free number 108 for any emergency (Medical, Police, Fire) and help will reach them in an average of 15 minutes in an urban area and 20 minutes in rural areas.

Apart from the nine states EMRI, two more states, Madhya Pradesh & Punjab have signed an MOU with EMRI to replicate a similar model of Emergency Response Service in the states. The vision of EMRI is to provide free emergency response services for Medical, Police and Fire emergencies across India by 2010 in PPP framework and to respond to 30 million emergencies and save one million lives annually.

Written by sreelakshmi

18 February, 2009 at 12:43 pm