Journey of ‘LIFELINE’ critical care ambulances
Journey of ‘LIFELINE’ critical care ambulances
A project of Borderless World Foundation
We are living in a time when the emphasis on preventing damage is greater than ever; the provision of pre-hospital care will be the key to ensure that the lives are not lost due to avoidable circumstances. The thought of EMS in mind of BWF was running from couple of years back but in recent 2014 floods, this acute need to have emergency services in state motivated and encouraged BWF to transform the thought into reality.
- Borderless World Foundation (BWF) is a Non-Governmental, Non-Profitable Organization, established on 8th march 2002 and registered under the BPT act-Public Charitable Trust with its registered office at Block F, Nikhil Pride_ Phase II, Tilak Road, Sadashiv Peth, Pune_411030 in the state of Maharashtra, represented by its authorized founder Mr. Adhik Kadam. BWF is working since late 1990s for rehabilitation and socio-economic empowerment of the poor and deprived section of the society in the strife-torn valley of Kashmir. With strong belief in the values of compassion and inherent dignity of human beings, the organization strives for ‘one great human family’ by working for the well-being of the affected, and the displaced of the border areas, irrespective of race, religion, and political persuasion. Today several projects are going on under BWF banner_ It is running three Homes for the orphans girls in Kashmir valley as Basera-e-Tabassum (meaning ‘Abode of Smiles’) and one in Jammu namely, FAH (Facilitate and Accomplish with Humanity), and one women development centre at Kupwara as Rah-e-Niswan (meaning ‘Way of Women’).
So, Borderless World Foundation got into action and consulted directorate of health service Kashmir in November 2014 for assistance, guidance and support. The department of Health services went out of the way in providing assistance which allowed the said organization to raise funds for the critical care ambulance service. After much efforts and hard work, the NSDL e‐Governance Infrastructure Limited (‘NSDL e‐Gov’) joined hands with BWF and donate the critical care ambulances under its CSR Policy (“the Policy”) duly approved by the Board of Directors with a view to provide a mechanism for meeting its social responsibility in an effective manner and to provide optimum benefits to various deserving sections of the society.
- National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) is an Indian Central Securities Depository, based in Mumbai and was founded on 8th November 1996 as the first electronic securities in India.
As per the CSR Policy, the company undertakes/intends to undertake following activities:
- Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care including preventive health care and sanitation including contribution to the Swach Bharat Kosh set‐up by the Central Government for the promotion of sanitation and making available safe drinking water including contribution to the Clean Ganga Fund setup by the Central Government for rejuvenation of river Ganga;
- promoting education including special education and employment enhancing vocation skills especially among children, women, elderly and the differently able and livelihood enhancement projects;
- Promoting gender equality, empowering women, setting up homes and hostels for women and orphans; setting up old age homes, day care centers and such other facilities for senior citizens and measures for reducing inequalities faced by socially and economically backward groups;
- Contributions or funds provided to technology incubators located within academic institutions which are approved by the Central Government;
- Contributions to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund;
- Any other activity incidental to the above activities.
Current CSR Projects
Apart with BWF, at present the company is associated with Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan (BAVP), Aurangabad and Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti (NPSS), Mumbai for providing financial assistance for various CSR projects.
With the support from the said donor organization, BWF with its local partner organization CRDP started furnishing all the required documents from the State government and proudly the ambulances were flagged off by a senior Minister of Maharashtra Government from Mumbai. Ten dedicated volunteers headed by Dr. Rishikash drew the ambulances to valley on 5th of June, 2015 for the welfare of people. It became a hurricane task to persuade the government to run the Ambulance service according to the criteria’s and conditions set by BWF as the four fully-equipped ambulances with ventilators, ECG, Humidifier, Suction machine, Deflator and much more equipments need professionals who are trained in practice modalities so that patients are provided highest level of monitoring and care required in exceptional situations. So, in this regard, the MOU was signed in a meeting held on 19th of August, 2015 between the Directorate of Health services Kashmir and Directorate of health service Jammu. As per the MOU, the department of health will provide emergency services 24X7, Deploy well trained staff and hospital base to all the ambulances, provide dedicated mobile phone numbers to all the ambulances and circulate the same through electronic and print media, Provide monthly reports of each of the medical services indicating number of villages, patients, doctors and areas covered etc.
The next level comprised the launch of ambulances for which the MOU was send to Honorable CMs office to fix the date of inauguration of the ambulances as desired by him. Although it was decided that the launch will be held on 6th September,2015 as a tribute to Kashmiri people on the 1st anniversary of 2014 floods between the Secretary of CM and Health Department which later got delayed due to Honorable CMs tight schedule and the event was rescheduled on 21st September,2015. The venue of the event was at Gupkar road in CMs residence.
On 21st September, 2015
On 21st of September, 2015 at 8:00am ambulances were taken to CMs residence after thorough security check and finally, the Much awaited launch of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), cardiac and trauma care ambulances (A project by BWF and donated by NSDL) was flagged off by Honorable Chief Minister– Mr. Mufti Mohammad Syed from his residence at 9:30 am on 21st September, 2015.
The chief minister was flanked by many dignitaries especially Minister of Health, ARI and Trainings– Ch. Lal Singh, Minister of Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Relief and Rehabilitation– Syed Basharat Bukhari, Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare– Asiya Nasqash, Director Health Services, Kashmir– Dr. Samir Mattoo, Mission Director NHM– Dr. Singh, Project Director, J&K Aids Control Society– Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman. From everywhere the appreciation for the efforts of the organizations who provided the ambulances were heard from everyone. It was truly a proud movement for BWF.
The critical care ambulances shall be stationed at and operate from Sangrama (Baramulla), Anantnag, Pampore (Pulwama) and on Srinagar- Jammu highway. So that patients are shifted to tertiary hospitals on time in cases of emergency.
As per the MOU and because the ambulances are very Hi Tech, a two days’ training session for staff was announced by Honorable CM.
In regard to training sessions, later on 22nd and 23rd of September, the training course was held at Regional Institute of Health and Family Welfare (RIHFW) Dhobiwan, Tangmarg.
One medical officer, one Pharmacist, one Staff nurse and one nursing orderly with each Ambulance was deputed for critical care ambulances of District Anantnag, Pulwama and Baramulla.
The training sessions were effectively imparted by experts of ACLS, BLS and ERTC as
- Abdul Rashid Parra( Consultant Anesthesia)
- Manzoor Ahmed Rather ( Consultant Anesthesia)
- M Shafi Rasool (Consultant Orthopedics)
A formal letter in this regard was later received from the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir by BWF.
Some Glimpses of Training session:
From BWF team Mr. Zahoor Ahmed (Chairman BWFJKL), Mr. Suhail Masoodi (Advisory BWF/Director of CRDP), Ms. Salima Bhat (Admin/accounts officer, BWF), Mr. Haris Abrar (Programme officer, BWF) and Ms. Iqra Javed (Programme officer, BWF), Mohammad Amin Bhat (from CRDP) attended the event as representatives of BWF.
Later Minister of Health, ARI and Trainings- Ch. Lal Singh checked the equipments of the critical care ambulances near his residence which is adjacent to CMs residence. Dr. Iqbal, Epistemologist and nodal officer of Kashmir Life Line Ambulance Service gave the overall details of the equipments in the ambulances; Ch. Lal Singh was highly impressed and appreciated the gesture especially of Borderless World Foundation along with NSDL who donate the EMS ambulances adding, it is an essential part of the overall healthcare systems because it can save lives by providing care immediately.
Some Glympsis of the event:
Ambulances being checked by security guards outside CMs residenceDiscussion going on with Honorable Chief Minister-Mufti Mohd Syed in the presence of Other Dignitaries
The ambulances being launched by Honorable Chief Minister with Ch. Lal Singh, Asia Naqash and other dignitaries
A brief conversation with CM after the launch
BWFJKL chairman having a conversation with Asia Naqash and Dr. Mohd Shafi
Dr Iqbal detailing Mr.Ch. Lal Singh about the equipments of ambulances
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