Rescue 1122 service being extended to other cities: CM
LAHORE: The Ambulance and Emergency Service (A&ES) project launched to provide immediate medical assistance to the people is a success in Lahore and is being extended to other cities of Punjab, said Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Monday.
He said the service was being extended to Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Gujranwala. He said an Emergency Training Academy would be set up on 250 kanals near Thokar Niaz Baig to train rescue staff.
Presiding over a meeting to review the performance of the Punjab A&ES (Rescue 1122) pilot project at the Planning and Development Department, he said the service was equipped with qualified staff and modern medical facilities of international standard. He said the ambulance service had a wireless system to maintain contact with the central station. He said the ambulances reached the accident sites within seven minutes of receiving an emergency phone call.
He said the service was providing first aid facilities to accident victims and shifting them to hospitals. He said that it was the duty of hospital emergency wards to provide immediate medical assistance to patients brought in emergency situation and they should not refer them to other hospitals under any circumstances. He said stern action would be taken against the doctors and medical staff who do not provide medical assistance to such patients.
Elahi said the service is a milestone towards achieving the objective of a ‘safer Punjab’. He said the service would also assist in relief activities in case of fire or any other emergency.