Kathmandu : Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS) has been awarded by British Medical Journal award in Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Team category of the year. British Medical Journal South Asia Awards is held every year. This was the fifth edition of the BMJ Awards South Asia. The award ceremony was held on December 1, 2018 in Chennai.
More than 1500 nominations were received from across South Asia in categories such as Excellence in Medical Education, Healthcare Innovation and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Team of the Year amongst others. The finalists were from across the region, with representation from India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal.
Mr. Ranjit Acharya, President of Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS) has said “We are very delighted and proud to win this award. The credit for this award goes to the entire team due to whom we could win this award from Nepal. We are very thankful to British Medical Journal for this award. For 24 hours emergency assistance anyone can call Toll Free number 102. The emergency telephone number 102 is directed to the NAS dispatch center where an agent screens the call for response details and dispatches the closest available ambulance .NAS is providing international standard health service with the help of EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) in each ambulance.
Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS), a non-profit initiative dedicated for the establishment of an emergency medical response system (EMS), aims to provide rapid ambulance transport to hospitals along with life-saving medical care by these emergency medical technicians (EMTs) for sick and injured people regardless of ability to pay. NAS aims to operate fully equipped and staffed ambulances via a central dispatch facility with radio communication between area hospitals and ambulances in order to ensure rapid transport and treatment for individual patients.