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Sri Lanka’s 2019 budget allocates Rs.2.5bn for 1990 ambulance service


Mar 01, 2019 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government has decided to allocate over 2,500 million rupees from the next budget for the 1990 ambulance service, launching the service in Kandy, its founder Minister Harsha de Silva said. The service is currently in operation in eight provinces and it is expected to launch the service in the Eastern Province by April this year covering the whole country. "We position these ambulances in police stations because when we wanted to introduce this service, certain health sector trade unions told us that these ambulances could not be positioned in hospitals,” de Silva said. “Therefore, we decided to park these ambulances in police stations. We are now happy that this decision was made at that time.” At present, 250 ambulances have been deployed in the eight provinces with over 1,500 calls receiving per day. Around 450 people are being hospitalized daily by this service.
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It usually takes about 12.5 minutes for this service to take a patient to a hospital.
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