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Kerala gets its first female paramedic in the government sector

Kerala has appointed its first lady paramedic. (Representative image: Reuters)

State Health Minister Veena George said more women would be appointed as ambulance drivers in various districts under KANIV-108.

  • PTI Thiruvananthapuram
  • Last update:March 08, 2022, 4:42 p.m. HST

The Kerala government on Tuesday appointed the first female ambulance driver as part of its emergency medical response network, marking International Women’s Day. State Health Minister Veena George handed over the key to an ambulance under the health department’s trauma care project – KANIV-108 (Kerala Ambulance Network for Injured Victims) – to Deepamol , the newly recruited driver. Hailing from Kottayam district, she is a seasoned driver with experience in driving different types of vehicles during her career years.

The minister said more women will be appointed as paramedics in various districts under KANIV-108. The government was considering appointing interested women in each district and its aim was to ensure their participation in all sectors, she said.

It also aims to help women break stereotypes and help them enter the fields of their choice, the minister said. “Deepamol is a source of inspiration for everyone. I send him all my best wishes on this occasion,” added George.

Expressing her joy at being named the first female ambulance driver in the government sector, Deepamol said it was a dream come true and thanked everyone who helped her achieve it. The project called KANIV-108 (Kerala Ambulance Network for Injured Victims) was envisioned as a part of trauma care to save the precious life that is lost in road accidents.

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