For the first time in the history of Andhra Pradesh, India’s first mobile ambulatory clinics (MVACs) for animals in distress will be introduced in the near future. With this novel initiative in mind, the government is introducing 175 mobile ambulatory clinics (MVACs), will come up in every assembly segment in the state.
These are similar to the ‘108’ ambulance services, will have a para-veterinarian and driver-cum-attendant led by an assistant veterinary surgeon. With a toll-free number in place for rushing the ambulance, the vehicle will be designed to handle all kinds of animals including buffaloes, bulls, cows, sheep or hens. On receiving a phone call through a toll-free number, vehicles will be rushed to the spot and the veterinarian in the ambulance will treat the animal on the spot and depending on the severity of the ailment or injury, will be shifted to a nearby animal husbandry department’s hospital.
Senior officials of the animal husbandry unit said the customized ambulance will be fitted with a hydraulic lift to handle bovines and other large-sized animals and effortlessly pushing the animal into the cabin for transfer with utmost care. In addition to this, the ambulance will be equipped with an ultrasound scan, oxygen cylinders, IV fluids and emergency surgical equipment and medicines required for treating animals.
Towards this noble initiative, the state government will hire a private agency to operate and maintain all these units, for which the government would allocate Rs 6 crore as a operational cost for total units. Very soon, the animal husbandry department will prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for this project and submit it to the state government for review by the 15-member technical committee and finalization of the same within the third week of April.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Dr Madina Prasada Rao, deputy director of the animal husbandry department in Srikakulam district, said that it was a call of conscience to do something to help animals who are found to be grievously injured and also for those animals with festering wounds loitering in the streets after being discarded by their owners. Most of the animals also suffer from diseases such as black quarter, hemorrhagic septicemia and milk fever, which require immediate treatment.
Stating further, Mr. Prasada Rao said, the death rate will be 70–100% if we fail to attend severe medical cases of animals within two to three hours. Hence, mobile ambulatories will be a boon for both animals and their owners. This will be the first government-run ambulance network (for animals) in the country.