Punjab to launch air ambulance service in high-risk areas


LAHORE:

The Punjab authorities has determined to launch an air ambulance service within the high-risk areas of the province, Director-Basic Rescue 1122 Dr Rizwan Naseer advised PTV information on Sunday.

He mentioned the provincial authorities are taking all potential steps to additional enhance the rescue providers.

The emergency service is dealing with over 1,000 street accidents in all districts on day by day foundation, the Rescue 1122 chief added.

The Punjab authorities introduced final month that it had allotted a funds for the ambulance service within the present fiscal yr.

Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar had mentioned that Punjab could be the primary province to start out ‘Rescue 1122 Air Ambulance’ service. The federal government had additionally expanded the scope of rescue service to 86 tehsils whereas bike ambulance service was prolonged to 27 districts, he added.

Earlier this month, The Specific Tribune had reported that there’s an acute scarcity of ambulances for emergency and medical use within the Punjab, which occurs to be the nation’s largest province.

The legislation dictates that to ensure that a car to function as an ambulance, it must be registered with the Punjab Emergency Companies Division.

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Despite the fact that, a complete of 4,719 personal and authorities autos are presently registered as ambulances within the division’s information, just a few of them are nonetheless on the roads. Owing to which, the hole is stuffed by personal autos getting used within the province as ambulances with none authorized permission.

Whereas the homeowners of those quasi-ambulances have been allegedly charging exorbitant fares for transporting sufferers and our bodies, that too with none formal coaching in first-aid or emergency medical care.

As per official statistics, the inhabitants of Punjab is counted to be round 110 million, however unofficial sources declare that the precise quantity is near 120 million. Out of the 4,719 autos registered as ambulances within the province, over 2,885 are owned by NGOs, 1,698 by the Punjab authorities and 136 by the federal authorities.

Nevertheless, excise division sources declare that even out of the restricted variety of registered ambulances, many are mendacity non-operational or have been taken off the roads.

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