In order to extend the reach of the ambulance service, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday inaugurated a motorcycle ambulance service.
"The execution of this unique idea came into my mind when a mother belonging to a poor family of suburban village of Kasur had to move from pillar to post upon in different hospitals after failing to avail the ambulance service and she at last died down in Jinnah Hospital", he recalled.
The chief minister also appreciated the efforts of Rescue 1122 DG Dr Rizwan Naseer for completing the project in just six to seven months.
"The free motorbike ambulance service has been launched to expand this system", Shahbaz noted.
He thanked the Turkish government for its support to the Punjab government for launching the Motorbike Ambulance Service. On this occasion, he was given a briefing about free motorbike ambulance service along with details of necessary medical equipment provided for lifesaving purposes. The chief minister announced a monthly risk allowance for the rescuers.
"I felt bitter pain and sorrow over this tragic incident then and I chose to handover the ambulance service of different hospitals to Rescue 1122".
The motorbike ambulance service, said to be the first of its kind in South Asia, was launched in nine divisional headquarters of the Punjab province. Rescue 1122 has taken over this responsibility and the system of shifting of patients to the hospitals has been sufficiently improved.
Swedish Ambassador and a delegation of Turkey also attended the ceremony. As a pilot project, the service was formally started in Lahore and it will be launched in rest of the divisions within next few weeks. He added that in case of emergency, the motorcycle ambulance service would provide immediate rescue and first-aid in congested localities and narrow passageway.