LAHORE: The Punjab government has granted approval for expanding the recently launched motorcycle ambulance service in nine divisions of the province.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a three-hour meeting on Friday to review the initiatives to reform the standard medical facilities for the public.
Important decisions, including expanding the motorcycle ambulance service, extension of national health insurance programme to all districts and additional allowances for extra duties of Rescue 1122 staff, were accorded approval.
Shahbaz said the ambulance service had been handed over to Rescue 1122, making Punjab the first province of Pakistan with an integrated ambulance network. “The service will help reach out patients in narrow streets,” he added. He said the health insurance programme was an important step to provide quality medical treatment to the poor and needy people. He also applauded Turkey’s cooperation in improving the health care system.
The specialised healthcare and medical education secretary briefed the participants about the initiatives while the Rescue 1122 DG shared headway on implementation of motorcycle ambulances.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2017.