In the rural ward of Miklajung-5, Morang, Nepal, Ward Chairman Meghnath Tamang has emerged as a beacon of hope. Tamang has taken a laudable initiative to provide free ambulance services to two of the most vulnerable groups in his community: pregnant women and people with disabilities. This initiative, launched five months ago, is a testament to Tamang's dedication to his community and his commitment to ensuring its well-being.
Aiding the Vulnerable
The free ambulance service is a significant boon for the residents of this rural ward. Access to transportation, particularly for medical purposes, can be challenging in such areas. Tamang's initiative is thus a ray of light for the community, particularly in times of emergency, when the need for swift and reliable transportation to medical facilities becomes paramount.
Driven by Personal Experiences
The inspiration for this service was borne out of Tamang's own experiences. Witnessing locals struggle to find ambulances during emergencies, Tamang stepped up and personally arranged transportation for women in labor, such as Sajna Rai and Fulmaya Vishwakarma. The women were swiftly taken to the Madan Bhandari Trauma Center and other hospitals, ensuring their safety and that of their unborn children.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Tamang is planning to include this ambulance service program in the ward office's annual budget for the next fiscal year. He works closely with health workers like Babita Basnet, keeping track of pregnant women in the ward and their due dates to provide timely assistance. In addition, Tamang holds monthly meetings to discuss the health status of the 27 registered disabled individuals in the ward, 12 of whom have already benefited from the free ambulance service.