Shillong, Nov 30: Bharat Ratna Awardee and former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, has joined the Governing Board of GVK EMRI as Chairman Emeritus.
Dr Kalam, sharing his vision, said “GVK EMRI 108 mission is indeed a 'mission of partnership of every human being to remove the pain and give happiness'. The 108 service should transform into a beautiful life saving mission throughout the nation."
Speaking on the occasion Chairman GVK EMRI, Dr. GVK Reddy, expressed sincere to Dr. Kalam for his consenting to be the Chairman Emeritus and said that the visionary guidance of Dr. Kalam will help the organization to add to the organization’s capability in being a premier provider of all kinds of emergencies – medical, police, fire or disasters.
He reiterated the Board’s commitment to strengthen the 108 emergency services and thanked all Government partners of GVK EMRI for their ongoing support and partnership.
Mentionably, GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK EMRI) a non-profit Organization, having its Head Quarters in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, was started in 2005, with a vision to provide integrated Emergency Response Services through a toll free number ‘108’ to every citizen of our country under Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework. The service being provided in Public Private Partnership with respective State Govts is free to the citizens.
GVK EMRI has made substantial progress over the last seven years in providing Emergency Response Services across the country and presently operates over 3700 state of the art ambulances in 12 States and 2 Union Territories – Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, to provide pre-hospital care covering a population of nearly 600 million.
Today, GVK EMRI is serving on an average 12,500 emergencies per day (over 17 million emergencies attended since inception) and cumulatively has saved more than 5,50,000 lives since the launch of the services. We provide direct employment to over 19,000 associates.