Ola, an Indian ride-hailing company has announced the launch of Ola Emergency service to help citizens who are in need of taking medical trips amidst the lockdown.

Available in Bengaluru, this new category of service will bring a much-needed mobility solution for the people looking for a mode of transport to access in case of a medical emergency.

For this, Ola has collaborated with the Ministry of Health, Government of Karnataka.

To book an Ola Emergency cab, citizens can select the category ‘Enabled for Hospitals’ on their Ola app, and enter the drop location from a list of available hospitals in the city.

Ola has enabled over 200 hospitals on its app to provide the service and ensure cabs are used only for essential medical travel.

Sriramulu, minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka says “After the lockdown, for Covid-19 all 108 ambulances are being used. To ensure citizens are not troubled, Ola has come forward and will transport people with all cases of medical trips and emergencies that don’t require an ambulance, between homes and hospitals, for a minimal charge.”

According to Anand Subramanian, spokesperson and head of communications, Ola, said, “Ola Emergency will help thousands of citizens get access to quick, convenient and safe transport for trips from home to hospital and vice versa, amidst the minimal availability of transportation during this time. With a dedicated network of sanitised cars and trained drivers, the service will be available 24×7 on the Ola app for citizens of Bengaluru.”

The service is slated to soon launch in some other major cities as well.

Meanwhile, rival Uber has launched Ubermedic service in India.