KATHMANDU: More than 50 people with chronic diseases have availed free ambulance service provided by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) since the launch of the service two days ago.
The patients have availed the service to visit hospitals such as Bir Hospital, Teaching Hospital and Dialysis Centre at Balaju among others, shared KMC spokesperson Ishworman Dangol.
KMC coordinated with the Joint Ambulance Driver Association Nepal to provide round-the-clock ambulance service to the patients who long have been suffering from various chronic diseases.
A total of five ambulances are at beck and call of the patients in Kathmandu district who need emergency services. Patients with cardiac problems, kidney ailments have been benefited with the services so far, added Dangol.
As nation-wide lockdown has been ordered since March 24 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are no public transportation nor are private vehicles allowed to ply the roads unless contingencies.
Amid such health crisis, those patients with choric disease may suffer health threat. Keeping that in mind, the KMC launched the ambulance service.
The service seeker could call at the toll free number 1180 to avail the services, according to the KMC.
Also, those suspected to have contracted COVID-19 and facing issues to go to the nearest hospital could dial 102 to get the ambulance service.
So far 16 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the country. The lockdown continues till end of April.
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