Ziqitza Health Care starts ambulance outsourcing service

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on May 22, 2012

Ziqitza Health Care Ltd (ZHL) has initiated the concept of outsourcing of advanced life support ambulance service to hospitals in Kerala.

The objective of the company is to cater to the need for well-equipped and maintained fleet of ambulances by hospitals in the State.

Mr Praveen Menezes, Business Head – ZHL (Kerala operations), said at a press meet here on Tuesday that most of the hospitals or healthcare institutions in the country are grappling with managing an ambulance fleet, which is a strategic need for a good hospital. The situation is no different in Kerala.

Dial 108, is the emergency response service initiative undertaken by the company for Kerala, Bihar, Rajasthan and Punjab under public private partnership model, he said.

Dial 1298, a patient transfer service is a Fee for Service model with cross subsidy, where the rich and affordable pays higher and the poor pays less, and for the very poor/accidents/emergency cases, the service is free of cost. Currently this service is operational in Mumbai, Punjab, Bihar and Kerala.

The company, for the past nine years, has been operating Emergency Medical Transfer (Ambulance) services under the Dial 1298 scheme.

Ziqitza today is operating 860 fully sophisticated advance life support ambulances across India and has served over 15 lakh people. The ambulances are designed, modelled and operates on the same lines of London Ambulance Service and are equipped with the most modern medical equipments.

The crew of these ambulances were trained by Life Supporters Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS), the International Training Centre of The American Heart Association (AHA).

Published on May 22, 2012

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