In any country, the healthcare offerings, including emergency medical services for its citizens, without a doubt have a correlation with its growth and progression. In India, the emergency services are on an upswing and providers like Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd. are a major contributor to the same. Here are some of the countries which rank high in the department of emergency healthcare.
Making available a well balanced mix of services providers from public and private sectors,, France is considered to have one of the best emergency healthcare systems in the world. Their system is controlled through a central control function – Service d’Aide Médicale Urgente (SAMU) which is supported by a network of ambulances with varying number of paramedics. Besides their services, what makes them among the best in the world is their response rate. SAMU’s performance on emergency calls is arrival on scene within 10 minutes for 80 per cent of their calls and within 15 minutes for 95 per cent of emergency calls.
That Italy has one of the healthiest populations and highest life expectancies in the world is largely a result of the success of their healthcare system. Their emergency healthcare offerings consist primarily of volunteer organizations that provide ambulance services. The volunteers are highly committed and spend hours undergoing training, which has aided their success, besides having response rates of under eight minutes.
Modelled after the French system, it is no wonder then that Andorra ranks high for their healthcare systems, including emergency services. Besides offering world class ambulance services, Andorra also offers air ambulances, perfect to tend to emergencies in their mountainous regions which attract a large number of skiers.
Since the early 14th century, Malta has enjoyed a famed history of excellent healthcare facilities. Their emergency medical services are also known for being the most professional and experienced in the region. Driven by values of service, integrity and teamwork, which are clearly visible in their operations, makes Malta one of the best countries in the world for medical emergency services.
As a highly affluent country which ranks high in terms of human resource development and GDP, it’s no surprise that their medical and emergency services are the best in the world. Managed by both public and private players, ambulances alone are responsible for over responding to over 1600 emergency situations monthly.
As seen, there are countries around the world, which provide their citizens with the best of medical emergency services. However there are many which are a far cry away from being able to provide even basic amenities to tend to emergencies. Some of these countries are:
One of the poorest countries in the world, Liberia has a dismal 1 doctor for every 76,000 residents. The country also has a poor number of only about a dozen ambulances to service its population of close to four million. In fact, when Ebola hit the country, they had to import six ambulances from the United States to deal with the crisis.
In Malawi, only 46 per cent of the population lives within a 5km radius of a healthcare facility. This makes transportation of patients an arduous task and limits their access to healthcare, despite it being free for all. Although the Medical Aid Society of Malawi (MASM) operates ambulances, it isn’t enough to meet their needs.
Despite government hospitals in several regions of Niger, lack of medical emergency transportation is a major factor which hampers healthcare growth. Although some regions are connected through air ambulances, they remain out of reach for almost half the population owing to unaffordability.
Although healthcare in Ethiopia has improved drastically, it still ranks among the least developed in the world. It was only about 15 years ago that a private medical emergency service vehicle was launched in the country and is till date the only licensed provider.
Following the breakout of Ebola in Sierra Leone, the country relied on ambulances from around the world to meet their requirements. The situation is however changing for the better. Earlier this year, the government announced a fleet of 163 ambulances, which will also increase employment in the country.
Looking at the state of affairs in other countries, it is important to keep healthcare as a top priority. In India with private players like Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd working side-by-side with the government, the two are committed to caring for its citizens. This is certainly a step in the right direction for our healthcare infrastructure and rankings to rise higher and faster.