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Air ambulance service set to be launched in Punjab this month

"New service to ensure swift medical assistance for critical cases on motorways," says Khawaja Salman Rafique

By APP
June 15, 2024
Training session for Punjabs first air ambulance service before launching in June 2024. — Screengrab via X/@MaryamNSharif
Training session for Punjab's first air ambulance service before launching in June 2024. — Screengrab via X/@MaryamNSharif

The Punjab government is expected to launch its first air ambulance service on motorways as training sessions for the medical teams are underway.

This development was hailed as a "golden chapter" in Punjab's history by Minister for Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique and Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazeer during a meeting at the Project Management Unit (PMU) on Saturday.

Khawaja Salman Rafique described the air ambulance service as a flagship programme of the Punjab government, emphasising its groundbreaking nature for patient convenience.

"For the first time in Punjab's history, we are launching an air ambulance service, ensuring swift medical assistance for critical cases on motorways.

Training sessions are underway to equip rescue teams with the latest skills needed for this service," he stated.

Imran highlighted the comprehensive planning involved.

"We have briefed DHQ hospitals across the province on the upcoming air ambulance and motorway emergency services. Ensuring the supply of medicines and doctors to remote hospitals is a priority. We are committed to providing the highest quality treatment to our people," he affirmed.

The meeting was attended by key officials including Secretary Health Punjab Ali Jan Khan, Secretary Emergency Services Punjab Dr Rizwan Naseer, Special Secretary Muhammad Iqbal from the Primary and Secondary Health Care Department, and additional secretaries Khizr Afzal and Muhammad Ayaz.

Secretary Health Ali Jan Khan and Dr Rizwan Naseer provided detailed briefings on the initiative's progress and implementation.

The air ambulance service is expected to significantly reduce response times for emergencies on motorways, enhancing overall healthcare delivery in the region.