Mangaluru, May 5, 2015: The novel Bike Ambulance facility was launched in the city on May 5, Tuesday by State Health and Family Welfare Minister UT Khader. Of the two bike ambulances launched during the day, one each will be pressed into service in Mangaluru City and Ullal.
Speaking to press persons on the occasion, the Health Minister said the Bike Ambulance facility will help in reaching out to accident victims at the earliest and offer them primary medical assistance as the ambulance vans generally take some time to reach the accident spot due to traffic problems.
The Minister also stated that more bike ambulances will be provided if the situation demands.
A Sports Health Centre for Arthroscopic surgeries will be opened at Wenlock Hospital at a cost of Rs 6 crores, Khader said and informed that this will be the second such centre to be opened in the country. The centre will have ten specialised doctors, he said.
German team to study Malaria menace in DK: Referring to the malaria menace in Mangaluru, the Minister stated that a team led by Dr Frank from Charite-University Medicine, Berlin in Germany is already in the city to conduct a study on the rising malaria cases. It would submit its report in six months, the Minister informed.
Dr Frank who will be conducting a survey on Malaria in the district said the survey will be initiated in three weeks’ time with the help of Wenlock Hospital. He informed that the survey team will study the associated genetic factors and hereditary disorders. He also stated that a survey by his team in African nations had revealed that genetic factors in 25 per cent of people was responsible for rise in Malaria cases.
Jacintha Vijay Alfred, Mayor of Mangaluru, Dr Rajeshwari, Wenlock Hospital Superintendent and District Medical Officer were also present.