Spurred by rising COVID-19 cases in Pune, and the fact that many patients lost their lives while waiting for ambulances, a local automotive manufacturing company, Reddy Customs, has reportedly set a target to manufacture about 200-300 ambulances in FY 2020-21.
The rise in the mortality rate due to unavailability of emergency services led Srinivas Reddy, CEO, Reddy Customs to enter the medical vehicle sector.
According to a release, these ambulances will be classified into A, C, and D categories – Medical First Responder, Basic Life Support Ambulance, and Advance Life Support Ambulance respectively.
These ambulances will be built under ARAI guidelines. According to Srinivas Reddy, CEO, Reddy Customs, these ambulances will be enabled with an app, that will work as a tracking device for the driver and the person who calls for it. This is done to avoid any kind of time discrepancy. “We will also provide a built-in automatic sanitisation system to make sure (of) the hygiene and safety,” said Reddy.
The ambulances built by Reddy Customs will have several important features in the interiors such as exhaust fan, washbasin, a cabinet for storing medical consumables, separate doctor’s seat with a lap belt, squad bench for paramedic staff or relatives, sidewalls reinforced to mount ventilators, suction pumps, etc.
“Majority of ambulances available with the hospitals currently are not well-equipped or lack a proper structure of facilities onboard. Since we are a customisation company, we are making sure that our ambulances meet top quality along with the latest technology in terms of equipment,” Reddy added.