On Tuesday, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah formally launched the Rescue 1122 ambulance and rescue service in the province, promising to improve health emergency services in the province.
Shah, speaking at the launching ceremony in Karachi, stated that the provincial government plans to purchase 230 ambulances, 50 of which are currently in use.
Every month, 40 new ambulances will be added to the service, he said.
“I believe the fleet of 230 ambulances will be completed by October,” he said, adding that the province’s rescue service overhaul will continue.
According to him, the government wants to expand the service beyond Karachi to all of the province’s districts in order to ensure that all of the province’s residents have access to the necessary emergency services.
Shazina Masood, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rescue 1122 Project, previously stated that the Aman Health Service had been integrated with the Sindh government and has been operating an ambulance service in the province for over a decade.
She did say, however, that the service will be run by a third party, the Sindh Integrated Emergency and Health Services, which was founded last year. The service will be overseen by a board that will be chaired by the provincial health minister and will include other key government officials, according to Masood.
The project to establish a province-wide ambulance network has been funded by the World Health Organization (WHO), she added.
The ambulance service will be implemented in phases, according to the official, with rescue vehicles stationed in Larkana, Hyderabad, Badin, Jamshoro, Tando Muhammad Khan Dadu, and Tharparkar in the first phase.
The government will also open offices in these locations and dispatch well-trained personnel, including paramedics, in ambulances. Training centers will be established in Karachi and Hyderabad to train the staff.