10 November 2018
Balasore: Demanding the revision in lease, twenty-five 102 ambulances went off roads today in Balasore thus causing minor problems in the district’s healthcare system.
Reportedly, the owners and drivers of these 25 ambulances staged a demonstration in front of the Collector’s office here today morning demanding that ZHL’s contact with the State Government should be renewed.
As per sources, the lease for these ambulances had been given to Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL) that had expired on November 9. The drivers parked the ambulances in the premises of the District Collector’s office and staged a protest asking for the renewal of the lease.
Fortunately, other 102 ambulances (which do not have an expired lease) and all 108 ambulances were operational in the district, thus untoward incidents were avoided.
As of 2017, ZHL operated 420 ambulances under 108 ambulance and 500 ambulances under 102 ambulance (specifically for expectant mothers) of National Ambulance Service in the state in partnership with Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha.