President launches Hilal-i-Ahmer ambulance service 1030 for Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday launched the Hilal-e-Ahmer ambulance service 1030 for Islamabad.The PRCS keeping in view lack of proper ambulance service in the capital launched a state-of-the-art facility that will work round the clock and the response time will be seven to 10 minutes.Speaking on the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain said the service will prove to be a milestone not only for the organisation but also for the city of Islamabad. Initially, the ambulance fleet consists of 12 ambulances in which six vehicles have been placed at different locations while six will remain standby at the PRCS National Headquarters.The president appreciated the role of the PRCS, especially in the field of relief and health services to the vulnerable in the hour of need. He said that training and exercising are key to success for any operation, especially one as critical as an emergency ambulance service.Mamnoon said, “I am sure that the PRCS ambulance service will be a role model for others to follow.”PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi said each Ambulance is equipped with an oxygen cylinder with ambulance bag, blood pressure apparatus, clinical thermometer, stethoscope, pyodine, stretcher (foldable), CPR mask and eye dressing pads. He said that the society undertook a detailed analysis of the current ambulance system of the Islamabad city and concluded that the existing system has many gaps that needed to be filled. He said the society has come up with the initiative to enhance the care to patients that are in need of a rescue service within the ICT, by introducing its own designated helpline working on 24/7 basis. He said the PRCS, with its limited resources, foresees certain critical challenges like self-sustainability, growing community expectations and growing demand. He assured bringing benefit to the community and health system and to the organisation itself by the launch of this emergency ambulance service. He said that Rescue 15 will also facilitate the service.Elahi said that the PRCS has already started mobile health clinics for the rural areas of the capital while the blood donation center will also work round the clock to facilitate the public.Later, the president inspected ambulances and the first aid equipment installed to provide emergency support to the patients.

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