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Why 108 ambulance service?
To save a life.
It is a free telephone number for 24/7 emergency services. 108 is rightly selected as an emergency ambulance number to save lives in critical situations.
About 108 ambulance service!
Dr. AP Ranga Rao is credited with first conceptualizing 108 ambulance services in India, having spent 10 years working with the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain learning about emergency systems.
GVK EMRI is an Indian not-for-profit organisation and the largest ambulatory care provider in the world, providing emergency medical services coverage to 800 million people across India and Sri Lanka.
What was the emergency number before 108?
The existing independent emergency services (100 for police, 101 for fire and 102 for ambulance) worked erratically and independently of each other.
The Dial-108 service is available in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu,Telangana, Uttarakhand, Sikkim,Jharkhand,and Uttar Pradesh, and two union territories; Puducherry, Daman and Diu, and Chandigarh.
Initially, Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project had partnered with selected NGOs in 15 districts to provide ambulance services. Due to various difficulties faced in running the operations, it was decided to partner with an experienced organization
How to call ambulance service?
It could be either a medical emergency, a fire emergency, or a crime being committed. The number 108 is a toll-free number and can be dialed from any phone, be it a mobile phone or a landline, at the time of an emergency, without any prefix or suffix.
The entire service is free for any citizen.
24x7 ambulance Service
The 108 Emergency Ambulance Service is a 24x7 service, which anyone can avail by dialling the number 108 on their phone during the case of any emergency. Help reaches the person within 20 minutes.
Dial-108, or one-zero-eight is a free telephone number for emergency services in India.
On an iOS device, "Hey Siri, 108" command to Siri will place an emergency call.
Other emergency numbers in India
Women Helpline: 1091
Women Helpline for Domestic Abuse: 181
Air Ambulance: 9540161344
Aids Helpline: 1097
Anti Poison New Delhi: 1066 or 011-1066
Disaster Management: 011-26701728-1078
EARTHQUAKE / FLOOD / DISASTER N.D.R.F: 011-24-363-260
Missing Child And Women: 1094
Railway Enquiry: 139
Senior Citizen Helpline: 1091 or 1291
Railway Accident Emergency Service: 1072
Road Accident Emergency Service: 1073
Road Accident Emergency Service On National Highway For Private Operators: 1033
ORBO Centre, AIIMS (For Donation Of Organ) Delhi: 1060
Call Centre: 1551
Relief Commissioner For Natural Calamities: 1070
Children In Difficult Situation: 1098
Central Vigilance Commission: 1964
Tourist Helpline: 1363 or 1800111363
LPG Leak Helpline: 1906
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