200 motorcycle ambulances join Rescue 1122 fleet
In yet another step to improve healthcare facilities in the province, Punjab government launched the motorcycle ambulance service on Tuesday.
CM Shehbaz inaugurates motorcycle ambulance service
PML-N supporters filled the tent set up inside Rescue 1122 office near LOS Ferozpur Road during the inauguration of motorcycle ambulance service, by the passing-out cadets, who had moments back taken an oath to serve the ailing humanity throughout their service without discriminating of cast, color, creed or any political affiliation.
Motorcycle Ambulances in Pakistan
Motorcycle Ambulances THE circumstances of the death of a woman from Kasur in Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital have resulted in efforts by the Punjab chief minister to improve ambulance response times. Narrow streets and traffic had made it difficult for regular ambulances to reach the patients quickly. Hence the provincial government came up with an innovative idea: motorcycle ambulances to be operated by the Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122). Comprising a fleet of 900 motorbikes and trained paramedics, these two-wheeler ambulances are equipped with first-aid kits, burn kits, automated external defibrillators and other vital life-saving equipment to deal with emergencies. This project will start off with 200 motorcycles operating in Lahore; then, gradually expand to nine divisional headquarters and later 36 districts. While this project has the potential to save lives in a congested city of dense alleyways and choked traffic lanes, it must work in conjunction with hospital ambulance services. First responders trained as paramedics must know when to call for ambulances when the emergency warrants hospital care. Given the Punjab chief minister’s penchant for innovation, his project would work successfully if female paramedics are also inducted. The move will prove useful in Punjab’s rural backwaters where tradition rules especially when it comes to pregnancy-related emergencies.