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Greets people on Navratras, Navreh

Jammu, Mar 24: At a time when Jammu and Kashmir is under lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, Lt Governor G C Murmu on Tuesday dedicated a free ambulance service to the people of the Union Territory.

“The operationalisation of 102/108 ambulance service will ensure the delivery of public healthcare services to the patients at their doorsteps,” an official spokesman said after the ceremony at Raj Bhavan here.

He said it would provide round-the-clock transportation to the patients requiring immediate medical care, especially those critical, accident victims, pregnant women and sick children.

The Lt Governor laid a special emphasis on reaching out to the people with prompt Emergency Medical Services, particularly to those residing in far-flung and difficult pockets of the UT.

He stressed on minimizing the response time of the ambulance service and called for increasing their fleet through pooling of various funding sources like CSR, MPLAD and UT Capital Fund.

Meanwhile, the Lieutenant Governor has conveyed his greetings to people of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on the auspicious occasion of Navratras and Navreh and prayed for their well-being and prosperity.

In his message, the Lt Governor expressed hope and prayed that the festival would become the harbinger of harmony, brotherhood, amity, peace, progress and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir, an official press release said.

He also extended warm greetings to the people belonging to the Kashmiri Pandit community who celebrate this day as Navreh, which coincides with the first day of the Chaitra Navratras, the beginning of the Hindu New Year.

The Lt Governor also appealed the people, including the devotees of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, to stay indoors and pray at home during these Navratras.

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