The state government has now decided to set up "India's first government-run ambulance network" for animals to further boost the animal husbandry and veterinary sector in Andhra Pradesh.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has made one of its main aims to help reach out to the distressed animals and provide them with proper animal healthcare.
It has been decided that one Mobile Ambulance Veterinary Clinic will be set up at every assembly constituency and The Animal Husbandry Department has been notified about the same.
A total of 175 mobile ambulances (veterinary) clinics will be placed at Assembly Constituency Level on the lines of 108 Services for providing Veterinary services. One veterinary doctor, One Para-veterinary worker, will be assigned to every ambulance. These ambulances will also have a 24/7 toll-free call center.
These mobile ambulances shall provide veterinary first aid services at the doorstep, along with spot diagnosis and attending to emergency cases. One of the major services these ambulances will provide is the 'Hydraulic Lift' facility to lift animals and shift them to the nearest Government Veterinary Facility in case of emergency.
At present, there are around 1,576 veterinary dispensaries established across the state, with around 1,376 veterinary doctors recruited according to the Animal Husbandry Department. The Chief Minister said that more veterinary doctors need access for better functioning and better treatment.