Rescue 1122 officials provided emergency services to approximately 138 people during the current monsoon spell, said Rescue 1122 Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer on Tuesday.
He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting which reviewed the performance of the emergency service in all 36 districts of Punjab. The objective of the meeting at Rescue 1122 headquarters was to ensure that there were uniform standards of service across the province.
So far, 29 people have died in rain-related incidents, while injured were shifted to the nearest hospitals, he added. In Lahore, 13 people have died while the service rescued and shifted 49 victims of 38 rain-related incidents including roofs/walls collapsing, fires and road traffic crashes, he detailed.
In addition to this, the data showed that in the past month 88,798 victims of different emergencies were rescued by the service while conducting 86,192 operations. The average response time of the service was seven minutes, he added.
Keeping in view the upcoming general elections, he also directed all the district emergency officers in Punjab to assist law enforcement agencies to help maintain law and order.
“All district emergency officers are directed to keep a close liaison with the district administration to ensure peaceful elections in their respective areas,” he stated.
At least, 6,840 traffic accidents were reported in Lahore, 2,886 in Faisalabad, 1,430 in Gujranwala and 2,319 in Multan and 752 in Rawalpindi.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2018.