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Kohima: In a huge for the healthcare system in Nagaland, the state launched 24 life support ambulances on Tuesday, donated by the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The ambulances were formally launched by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio at the Civil Secretariat Plaza in Kohima, in the presence of health minister S Pangnyu Phom, other legislators and officials of the state government.

The air-conditioned ambulances are equipped oxygen cylinder, cardiac monitor, power back up, defibrillator, stretchers, and so on to respond to emergencies. On a need basis, the ambulances will be given to all districts in the state, reaching out to the community health centres and primary health centres.

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Principal Director, Health & Family Welfare Dr Kevichusa Medikhru, informed that the state had only 80 ambulances, 50% of which have been used over 10 years. He said that the addition of the 24 well-equipped ambulances is a boost for the healthcare system.

Addressing the launch, the chief minister thanked the NHIDCL for keeping up with its commitment to help the state develop its health infrastructure by donating ambulances. The chief minister also urged the health department to properly maintain the old ambulances and distribute them to the healthcare centres in the remote areas that require them. Rio also took the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the healthcare workers in the state.

Executive Director, NHIDCL, MS Deol, shared that the NHIDCL aims to turn Nagaland into one of the best-connected states of the country with the proactive support of the state.

He expressed delight in contributing 24 life support ambulances as a continued social responsibility towards the people of Nagaland, especially in times of medical emergency.

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