A pilot project of two-wheeler ambulances or “first responder vehicles” will be started in the East, North East and Shahdara districts from January 2018. This was decided at a meeting Lt Governor Anil Baijal held with Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday.

The LG said the new facility would help reduce both mortality and morbidity as many patients would get adequate medical care during the ‘golden hour’.

Alluding to traffic jams during peak hours in the Capital, Baijal felt that first responder vehicles would complement and supplement existing ambulances in congested araes of the city. These FRVs would be driven by trained paramedics and would be equipped with first aid kits and other items of medical care.

The LG told the Health Department that FRV paramedics on two-wheelers could reach a congested spot much before an ambulance. Hence, FRVs could help provide faster medical attention to the needy.

Moreover, two-wheelers would have lower operation and maintenance costs.

Baijal stressed that the earlier a patient was attended to, the better were his chances of survival. He said paramedics could provide basic first aid and also help stabilise a patient or an accident victim by controlling blood loss, treating immobilisation and providing cardiopulmonary respiration, airway management, oxygen therapy, et al.

In the first phase, 16 FRVs would be introduced.