Raiganj: The North Dinajpur district administration on Wednesday introduced GPS-fitted ambulances which could be used to carry would-be mothers to health centres and hospitals from homes free of cost.
The initiative has been taken to increase the rate of institutional delivery of children in the district.
“The average rate of institutional delivery in the state is around 95 per cent and around 81 per cent in our district. We want to increase it and get close to the state average. That is why the ambulances have been introduced. The vehicles would be deployed at different locations and anybody in the district can access the service by calling up in a number,” said Ayesha Rani A, the district magistrate of North Dinajpur.
Last month, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the administration to take initiatives so that the institutional delivery rate went up in the district. She was attending an administrative review meeting then.
The ambulances, administrative officials said, will be run by a private firm. In total, 20 such vehicles were put into service from Wednesday.