According to a 2017 report by the Indian Council of Medical Research, every second heart attack patient in India takes more than 400 minutes to reach a hospital. This is over 13 times the ideal time of 30 minutes.
But a viral video shot on March 22 in Palakkad, Kerala shows how mass coordination can effectively give way to ambulances. While celebrating Mannarkkad Pooram, one of the oldest temple festivals in Kerala, festival-goers gave way to an ambulance within seconds, leaving many impressed on social media.
Here’s how people on Twitter reacted to the video:
Imagine a huge crowd making way for an Ambulance in a perfect manner!!!
This video of a massive festival crowd in Palakkad (Kerala) making way for an Ambulance is viral in Whatsapp
The ease at which the people make way for that Ambulance. pic.twitter.com/Fm38KpEaX3
— Advaid (@Advaidism) March 23, 2019
— Ashish S (@ashishsurendran) March 24, 2019
This is very common in almost all the places in South India. I have seen an ambulance move through a jam packed road in Chennai like a hot knife on a butter brick
— Ram Kris (@ourNumberFour) March 23, 2019
I want every city in India to understand the importance of this thing..
Doesn’t matter how much you are in rush for going anywhere, if you see an ambulance coming, YOU PAVE THE WAY for the vehicle..
Every second for that vehicle to reach it’s destination is vital
— BeardedDragon (@yashasva) March 24, 2019
Don’t know how, but despite having narrow roads, that too many without dividers, Kerala traffic has always been sensitive to ambulances. Vehicles can be seen pulling up aside from the road.
Cities must learn this traffic management.
— Anjali Marar (@LittleMurthy) March 23, 2019