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The state of Andhra Pradesh has started using a two-wheeler ambulance. This ambulance service using the Bajaj V15 has been started in the rural areas in order to help reach those in need in time when larger ambulances struggle to do the same.
There's no getting away from the fact that road accidents kill lakhs of people every year. A recent survey by WHO revealed that around 1.5 lakh people die of road accidents in India every year. A majority of these fatalities happen due to the inability of ambulances to reach the spot on time.
Owing to this reason, many countries and states around the world started using two-wheelers as supplementary ambulances. Motorcycles allow medical personnel to reach the spot of crisis quicker.
This particular ambulance service in rural Andhra Pradesh though takes the motorcycle-based ambulance concept to the next level. This two-wheeler ambulance does not just provide preliminary aid to victims but actually takes the victims to the hospital. The motorcycle is a Bajaj V15 with a sidecar attached to it.
The sidecar in itself is very unique and is in the shape of a box. Inside the sidecar is a recliner that allows patients to sleep in comfort. The new ambulance service is primarily intended to cater to pregnant women in rural areas where the hospital is still afar off.
Powering the two-wheeler ambulance is the same 149.5cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 11.83bhp at 7,500rpm and a peak torque output of 13Nm at 5,500 rpm. Drive is sent to the rear wheel via a 5-speed manual transmission.
The stock motorcycle is braked by a 240mm disc up front and a 130mm drum brake at the rear. With the additional weight of the sidecar comes the need for additional brakes. The single wheel on which the sidecar also features a drum brake for that purpose.
Thoughts On Two-Wheeler Ambulance In Andhra Pradesh
The government of karnataka had also inaugurated two-wheeler-based ambulance services in 2015, following international standards. Himachal Pradesh too had started this service. The one in Andhra Pradesh though is the most innovative model of them all as it doesn't just treat patients but aims at taking the patients.
This however, does have its drawbacks as the Bajaj V15 can get to the spot quickly but with a top speed of less than 80km/h, it cannot transport the patients quickly enough to the hospital.