PESHAWAR: In what is a first, the provincial health department has issued safety guidelines for its staffers who use motorbikes or other forms of transport to reach their assigned offices.
The directives issued by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Health Department stated that while they understand road accidents happen and a large number of injured arrive at hospitals every day, it was important to ensure safety for workers.
The guide advised employees of the health department to use multiple measures to protect themselves from any sort of accident.
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The directives included that all the health staffs using motorbikes must wear helmets while driving. Those commuting in cars must ensure they are wearing seat belts at all times, regardless of the distance of their journey.
Furthermore, it said the controlling officer must ensure that these guides are complied with.
Moreover, staffers dealing with the patients have been requested to encourage and urge those visiting the hospitals to use preventive measures while driving.
“Staff dealing with the patients could advise them to wear helmets and seat belt while driving which may protect them from any untoward incident,” the notification read.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2017.