Eminent businessman and philanthropist GV Krishna Reddy founded GVK EMRI intending to support the underprivileged of society and provide them free emergency ambulance services. Today, it runs the 108 ‘Aarogya Kavacha’ for Karnataka under the state’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) program, and its fully trained staff has assisted in the delivery of 1,700 babies in the last 14 months.
The 108 Arogya Kavacha ambulances are deployed by GVK EMRI in every district of the State to serve every citizen with its unique model of integrated emergency response services.
Program manager of the GVK EMRI 108 emergency ambulance services, Mohammed Aasif, said, “Every month more than 150 babies are delivered in our ambulances. Nearly 35 to 40 per cent of the calls we get are related to pregnancy. We have delivered babies in ambulances not only in remote villages that are far from hospitals but also from urban areas due to bad road conditions or traffic congestion related issues.”
GVK EMRI has been successful in building efficient and effective emergency services across several states. On the same lines, every 108 Aarogya Kavacha is equipped with a ready delivery kit and staffs an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
While establishing the one of its kind emergency service —GVK EMRI, GV Krishna Reddy ensured that it operates flawlessly in partnership with the respective State authorities, while serving the needs of the community. Based on three principles —sense, reach and care, it has been successfully achieving its objective by serving the underprivileged.
While recalling one of his many experiences, Yogesh an EMT at GVK EMRI, said, “When Yamuna, 21-year-old domestic help from Nepal, reported labour pain, her husband Sunil did not know the Kannada language and took help from a local for contacting the 108 Aarogya Kavacha ambulance service. The ambulance immediately reached her residence. I was about a year and a half into this service and tried my best to comfort her. But she was in terrible pain.”
“The hospital was at least 40 minutes away. Considering the traffic situation, I had to conduct the delivery in the ambulance with the assistance of the ambulance pilot. She gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby girl.”
“We receive calls mostly very late, and when the woman goes into intense labour. As a consequence, most of the deliveries take place on the way to hospitals. But we make sure that both the mother and the baby are safe,” he added.
According to the health department of Karnataka, effective 108 Aarogya Kavacha emergency services have reduced the infant mortality rate in the state. Considering the high-quality service that GVK EMRI provides, a survey which was conducted back in 2013 suggested that almost 99 per cent of the people who availed of GVK EMRI 108 emergency ambulance services will prefer the same service in case of future emergencies.
GVK EMRI was founded in 2005 with just 14 ambulances and 70 employees in Andhra Pradesh. Today, with over 14,000 ambulances and 50,000 trained employees, it provides state-of-the-art services in a PPP with 15 states and two UTs and has served over 80 million emergencies. Also, GVK EMRI ambulance services transported around 10,000 COVID-19 suspected people every day to the hospitals and other health facilities, when the pandemic was at its peak. GV Krishna Reddy congratulated all of his GVK EMRI staff members for their selfless services.