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In a bid to improve healthcare facilities, the government of Pakistan’s heartland Punjab province has launched the motorbike ambulance service.

The free Motorbike Ambulance Service has been launched to provide timely emergency service in congested areas of the province where a proper ambulance would struggle to make it in time.

Initially, around 200 ambulances have been included in Rescue 1122 fleet in Lahore city. However, this number will soon increase to 900 motorcycle ambulances in 9 districts of the province.

Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif formally inaugurated the free Motorbike Ambulance Service in Lahore on Tuesday.

For the first time in Pakistan, people living in rural and populated areas with narrow streets will have access to ambulances as the Punjab government is taking practical steps to improve the health care system, he said.

The ambulances have been introduced keeping in view the distant and remote areas of Lahore which are inaccessible to usual ambulances. The motorbike ambulances will play a critical role to meet emergency situations in populated areas. “These motorcycle ambulances equipped with all essential medical accessories will be driven by professionally-trained drivers,” Sharif said.

The service which has been started to serve people of the province will soon be extended to every city of the province.

The service would pilot for another two weeks in the city, before being completely launched by the end of this year, according to Rescue 1122 director-general Dr. Rizwan Naseer.

The bike ambulances are equipped with the foldable stretcher, trauma kits, burn kits, automatic external defibrillators, portable oxygen, pulse odometer and glucose meter.

Around 300 motorbike ambulances will be provided to Lahore division with 100 each in Rawalpindi, Multan, Gujranwala and Faisalabad divisions and 50 each in Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sargodha and Sahiwal divisions, it was announced.

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