Besides a shared border, India and China have one more thing in common – population growth. The two countries are driving Asia’s population growth trends and according to a McKinsey study in 2010, would account for 62 per cent of the population growth in the continent between 2005 and 2025. As of 2013, China’s population stood at 1.357 billion people, which according to China’s Social Science Academic Press and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences have made the city barely suitable for living.
Fortunately for India, we are not there just yet, but we are inching towards the same instability as China. Close behind our neighbouring country with a population of 1.25 billion people as of 2013, cities like Delhi are already known as the second most populous in the world. Thus, it’s no surprise that along with the staggering population and the haphazard city growth and planning, WHO has said that the air quality in Delhi is worst in the world. When floods took place in Mumbai and Chennai, more than natural disasters, they were man-made disasters owing to the rising populations and inadequate planning or usage of available resources to meet them. Environmentalists have predicted that the chances of Mumbai flooding again will double by 2080 because of the ever increasing construction to meet the population’s requirements.
While one way to bring down the risks involved in a densely populated country is proper family planning, emergency services in India are the need of the hour. Until recently, there were no 24 hour services available which made disaster management and treatment that much more difficult due to the limited resources and timeliness involved. However, with the introduction of dedicated numbers like 108 and 112 for emergency services, the game is changing and here’s how.
- Round the clock services- No matter what time it is, or a public holiday, emergency services will respond to your call within minutes and dispatch the nearest ambulance to your rescue. These ambulances are well equipped with trained professionals and state of the art facilities to transport you to the nearest hospital. Ziqitza Health Care Limited has been doing this service in various states with a couple thousands of ambulances that support medical transport of people in both emergency and non- emergency scenarios.
- On the spot treatment- With the population rising, hospitals are getting overcrowded. This is where instantaneous treatment by emergency services have proven to be helpful. As they dispense first aid and are well equipped with cardiac monitors, oxygen tanks, lifesaving equipment to treat patients, the time gets saved, resulting in increasing efficacy.
- Affordable treatment- As the population increases, more and more Indians are being pushed to poverty and cannot afford medical treatment. With emergency services now available, access to free treatment can reach every part of India.
- Disaster management- It’s been proven that the ever increasing population puts tremendous pressure on our resources and causes floods, earthquakes and other disasters. Among the first services pressed into action are emergency services to rescue and save maximum lives. 108 services in various states of India is big example of this initiative.
As we can no longer afford to ignore the effects of our growing population in India, it is important to realize the importance of emergency services in India in mitigating the issue of affordable health care across cities. That being said, we cannot allow disasters to happen because we have the resources to treat them. As citizens we need to come together and do our bit to protect the environment we live in to prevent health hazards and make our surroundings more livable for us and the future generations.