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Pakistan: Scaling up of Public Sector Emergency Services Advocated


Islamabad: The community-based maternal and new-born health services have the highest scalability potential for rural and remote areas of the country; integration of a voucher scheme with community-based emergency transport service can help improve the utilisation of the maternal and new-born health (MNH) services by addressing the issue of affordability, and in urban and peri-urban areas, public sector emergency services like Rescue 1122 is the most suited to be scaled up to cover the entire country.
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Pakistan: Bhit, Baba Islands Lack Boat-Ambulance Service


The Bhit and Baba islands with around 35,000 of total population lack boat-ambulance service to shift patients to inland hospitals in emergency situation. The islands, which are situated south-west off Keamari basin around 2 nautical miles, lack healthcare and emergency facilities, which are now growing discontent among the dwellers.  Hussain - a 49-year old fisherman, who is resident of Bhit, says that patients are taken to hospitals through small boats, which usually a tiresome and risky effort. "There is no ambulance service either from government or private charity to the islands," he said. "Karachi Port Trust had provided boat-ambu
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Pakistan: To the Rescue


The Sindh government has decided, according to its chief secretary, to introduce the 1122 Rescue Service, which currently operates in Punjab. This makes excellent sense, though a little late in coming. We need an improvement in ambulance and fire services across most parts of Pakistan, and the 1122 model, begun in Lahore in 2004 and then extended to other cities seems for now to be the best available in the country. Generally, the availability of its emergency vehicles has meant swifter relief to many people although of course problems exist in terms of the funds shortage the service is now said to be facing.     
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Pakistan: Active Participation in Volunteer Activities Urged


Rawalpindi: Punjab Emergency Service (PES) Rescue 1122 Director General (DG) Dr Rizwan Naseer has urged the community for active participation in volunteer activities to reduce the increasing number of emergencies. A total of 10 volunteer students of BS (Environmental Sciences) from FJWU received professional training. The training included Golden Hour Management, Foreign Body Airway Obstruction Management, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, Wound Management, Fracture Management, Burn Injuries, Snake Bites and Electric Shock Management. Besides that the role of first responder in case of medical emergencies has also been taught through Present
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Pakistan: NIDM Imparts Disaster Risk Management to 26 Officials of Most Vulnerable Districts


Islamabad: A total of 26 officials hailing from most vulnerable districts of the county were imparted 4 days training course on disaster risk management at National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM). The course was organized by the National Disaster Management Authority from January 6 to 9. The series of training courses have been planned to build the capacity of government officials.  The training module consisted of lectures, group exercises and interactive discussion.  The purpose of the training was to provide disaster risk management knowledge and develop skills of government officers and civil society members, who have
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