Mangaluru: Despite the availability of 108 fully equipped mobile veterinary clinics, they remain unused due to a lack of implementation. In a groundbreaking initiative for the state, ambulances have been introduced across all districts of Karnataka. These ambulances aim to provide medical care to livestock directly at farmers’ homes.
The state government introduced these ambulances, along with providing vehicles, to offer essential veterinary care services directly at farmers’ premises. The inclusion of additional taluks and the higher cattle population in some areas led to the approval of a total of 290 mobile veterinary clinics. Despite these efforts, these ambulances still remain unused at farmers’ homes.
The ambulances are facing various environmental challenges, including rain, wind, and dust within the premises of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department. Despite being introduced to the district over a year ago, the ambulances have yet to reach farmers’ homes due to logistical issues.
Farmers can call the toll-free number 1962 to request treatment for their cattle, and veterinary doctors will arrive with the ambulances to provide medical care. However, vehicle registration formalities have not been completed yet, causing delays in the plan’s implementation. The government made the decision to provide medical treatment to farmers’ cattle at their doorsteps along with veterinary experts.
The delay in registering the ambulances and the absence of a tender for vehicle maintenance are cited as reasons for the current implementation delay. This situation has caused confusion regarding who will manage the operation of these fully equipped ambulances once they are ready for use.