RAWALPINDI: Punjab Emergency Service, Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi has started its moto-ambulance service here on trial basis which would formally be launched on March 15.
Talking to APP, Rawalpindi District Emergency Officer (DEO) Dr Abdul Rehman informed that 100 motorbikes have been provided to Rescue Rawalpindi for the service.
He further said that the service has been started here on trial basis and will give a quick response to the victims of emergencies from several key points including Nawaz Sharif Park, Committee Chowk, Transformer Chowk, Ali Nawaz Chowk, Siddiqui Chowk, Fowara Chowk, Byco Pump Range Road, GPO Chowk, Mandi Mor, IJP Road, Chor Chowk, Chungi No 26, JCP Askari 7 Adyala Road, JCP Gulzar-e-Quaid, Amaar Chowk, JCP Morgah, T-Chowk, Car Chowk, Biscuit Factory and Dispensary Ground, Tench Bhatta.
The DEO said that two motorbike ambulances would be stationed at every key point from where the rescuers would rush to the spot in case of an emergency and provide first aid to the victims. He added that an inauguration ceremony in this regard would be held here in mid-March and preparations were being finalised.
Rehman further said that the motorbike ambulance service was an initiative of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the service was introduced in Lahore while considering the congested and narrow streets of the city where usually the ambulances can’t go easily. The moto-ambulances would reach narrow streets in the congested areas of the city here to provide patients with first aid, he added.
The respondents will have first-aid kits and will have medical knowledge. The new ambulance service comprising 100 motorbikes would be introduced in Rawalpindi while medical technicians have been inducted into the motorbike ambulance service for Rawalpindi.
The DEO also said that the motorbike ambulance service would play a pivotal role to meet emergency situations in populated areas.
To a question, he said that the technicians who had been hired for motorbike ambulance services had been trained on modern lines in Turkey and the service was another feather in the cap of medical emergency services. These motorcycle ambulances will be equipped with a foldable stretcher, trauma kits, burn kits, automatic external defibrillators, portable oxygen, pulse-odometer and glucose meter.
For patients in critical conditions, these emergency medical technicians on motorcycle ambulances will carry the patient out on a stretcher to the point accessible for ambulances, he said.