Sikkim: 4 friends providing 24*7 Ambulance service at Singtam-Khamong.

The second wave of pandemic has hit hard in state of Sikkim over 3000 cases with more than 300 deaths reported in the state within a month time period, in order to prevent the spread of the virus the state government also acted accordingly by imposing lockdown but despite the fact the graph of positive COVID-19 cases is yet to be curved downwards.

Sikkim: 4 friends providing 24*7 Ambulance service at Singtam-Khamong.

The second wave of pandemic has hit hard in state of Sikkim over 3000 cases with more than 300 deaths reported in the state within a month time period, in order to prevent the spread of the virus the state government also acted accordingly by imposing lockdown but despite the fact the graph of positive COVID-19 cases is yet to be curved downwards.

During this period of pandemic the medical professionals has been working their best for the medical management of the state along with it locals have also voluntary extended their support, in   regard to which  a group of friends from Sang Martam, East Sikkim have come forward and has started  an initiative, by making their personal vehicles as ambulance.

The initiative was first stared by Anand Lamichanay at first he was alone, but eventually he is joined by three of his friends, the ambulance service is a 24/7 which almost covers 6 to 7 villages of east Sikkim and till date they have reached more than 40 patients to hospitals.

Anand Lamichanay speaking about the free Ambulance service said,  "The initiative which has been started by me since past week is completely voluntary, as in our state the road conditions are not that good, and it's hard for local PHC ambulance to give service to all the patients at  a time of need”.

“We cover almost all areas under our reach, starting from Sang Martam till Singtam- Khamdong and all those areas which comes under it, further our prime objective is to give patients treatment at the right time, during this time of pandemic and ongoing lockdown.” Added Lamichanay

Lamichanay on the process to enable the emergency ambulance service said, "we have circulated our personal numbers to the people of the areas which we cover or if one wants to enable the service they can also contact the local Panchayats and then the concerned panchayat indicates us, and we proceed towards the location”.

“During this period coronavirus safety of our own and the patient is very Important, so we wear PPE kits and sanitize  our vehicles time to time” he added

He further appealed, “We need more force in future to give service to more and more needy patients, so I appeal people to come forward and extend their support, so that during this time of pandemic no people with medical emergency suffers”

Ram Chettri one of the patients who enabled the service said “ It is a great initiative by the local youths here at our area, even I enabled the service provided by them, which was swift and very helpful, and I want to extend my gratitude to them for doing such good work”.

The voluntary participation during this time of pandemic becomes one of the factor defeating the problem of medical assistance and people like Anand Lamichanay are setting an example and more and more people should come forward and extend support to the persons in need at this period of time.