Kathmandu, January 12:
Norvic Escorts International Hospital today launched â€˜Mission: Save Heart Cardiac Care Ambulanceâ€™, the countryâ€™s first Cardiac Care Mobile CCU that provides instant treatment from the time the patient is picked up till the patient reaches hospital.
The ambulance is equipped with all life-saving equipment â€” defibrillator, cardiac monitor, ventilator, suction machine, oxygen- accompanied with a cardiac doctor, nursing staff and attendants to provide instant treatment to the patient picked up. â€œThis kind of service ensures that heart patients donâ€™t lose crucial time,â€ said Dr Bharat Rawat, chief cardiologist at the hospital.
He said that the hospital has offered the facility free of charge within five-kilometre radius of the hospital for the time being. â€œWe want to see how the people would respond to it and then we might decide whether to make it a free service forever,â€ he said.
Shiva Dutta Upadhya, a 76-year-old bypass cardiac patient, who has been actively involved in the activities of social welfare, unveiled the ambulance. Upadhya had undergone â€˜definitive cardiac therapyâ€™ in the hospital initially and got his bypass treatment from India. â€œI am honoured to have this opportunity and more delighted to know that heart patients will receive the care when it is needed,â€ he said.
According to RP Mainali, public relation officer, the hospital has already carried out cerebral, renal, artery as well as peripheral surgery related to heart diseases in the past. â€œOur success rate of operation is above international standards,â€ he claimed.