Bhatinda: In order to better the graph of deliveries in government hospitals, the Department of Health is all set to launch ‘Janepa Express Scheme’ under which pregnant women will be offered free ambulance service to the hospital.

“To increase the delivery graph in government hospitals, the department will hire private vehicles which will be used as ambulances,” said Satish Chandra, chief secretary, department of health Punjab.

The service will be implemented both at the district and block level.

“Under the scheme, we have asked transport businessmen, travel agents, private organisations as well as NGO’s to deal with senior officials of the government hospitals through a tender process,” said Chandra.

The department has decided to rope in private players into the service. It would strike a one year deal with private vehicle owners and the maintenance of the service would be paid as per the number of trips made.

The drivers will register their names and mobile numbers with the respective hospitals so that they can be contacted in case of emergency.

Only large vehicles with lots of space at the rear would be pressed into service.

However, no applications have been received so far by the department but the service is expected to commence soon.
The department has been struggling for a long time to achieve delivery target in government hospitals.

In past too, a transport scheme was launched for providing services for pregnant women. But it failed because of the service charge fixed for the service.