ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s state-owned 1990 Suwaseriya free ambulance service has helped 217,338 patients be hospitalised over the last 3 years, a minister said.
“If we look at this figure as an average, we have seen about 200 people hospitalized every day for the past three years,” Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Minister Harsha de Silva said.
“This number has risen to 700 per day now,” he said.
Over the three years, the service has received 1.2 million calls and has dispatched the ambulance on 240,801 occasions.
Speaking at the third anniversary celebration, de Silva said that the 1990 Suwasariya has helped any Sri Lankan to avail themselves of an ambulance, which was a service previously limited to the rich.
The service is also efficient, he said.
“1990 is the most efficient government service in Sri Lanka,” he said.
“Wherever we are in Sri Lanka, we come to a patient in less than 12 minutes.”
“The speed is even faster in urban areas where roads are better.”
Suwasariya, which was set up with a 22.5 million US dollar grant from India, operates 297 ambulances across the country.
It was set up in 2016, and was initially available in only the Southern and Western Provinces. (Colombo/Jul27/2019)