With over 50 ambulances, Sindh starts long-awaited Rescue 1122 service

Sindh Rescue 1122

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah inaugurated the much-desired Rescue 1122 service in the province on Tuesday.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, CM stated that the service will be a complete package of rescue, relief, and rehabilitation by connecting it with fire brigade service and trauma centers across Sindh.

The ceremony was arranged at Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Sports Complex and was attended by provincial ministers, Saeed Ghani, Bari Pitafi, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Shahla Raza, Murtaza Wahab, CM Advisors, Haji Rasool Bux.

CM Murad Ali further stated that during the last decade, there have been different reports of casualties resulting from natural catastrophes such as recurring heatwaves, droughts, flooding, and other calamities like fires, explosions, and accidents, or epidemics.

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He said that because of unprecedented trends of urban expansion and recurring natural and human-induced catastrophes, the need for such a service was necessary.

Sindh CM remarked that it was the responsibility of the provincial government to undertake the actions required for public safety and healthcare by addressing different emergencies. “Fifty ambulances out of 230 are being launched in the city in the first phase of Rescue 1122 service and later on the services will be expanded in other divisions and districts of Sindh,” Murad Ali announced.

Moreover, CM unveiled that a tender for scaling up the Rescue stations in all districts of Sindh was under discussion with the World Bank and will soon be replicated in the remaining 24 districts of the province.

Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, while addressing the event, said, “There are already 85 ambulances available in Thatta, Sajawal, and Karachi. However, 50 more ambulances were being integrated into the system which will have advanced trauma, cardiac and obstetric life support facilities available inside the ambulances.”

He added, “Aside from the ambulance services, there will also be rapid response centers from Mirpur Mathelo to Gambat, Moro, Hyderabad, Nooriabad and Malir in Karachi. These rapid response centers will be satellites of the Shaheed Benazirabad Trauma Centre. There will also be a rescue center every 50 kilometers along the highway so as to respond as quickly as possible to any roadside emergencies.”

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