KARACHI: The health department is considering acquiring a helicopter in the upcoming fiscal year, with the aim of improving the overall immunisation rate through monitoring and for rescue purposes in cases of emergencies, revealed Health Secretary Dr Fazullah Pechuho.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Pechuho said Sindh will get Rs178 billion in the coming 13 years as its share in the national immunisation support programme and they hope to achieve an 80% immunisation rate in the province by 2030. He believes that through the air ambulance service, union council-based monitoring will be carried out to increase the percentage of immunisation in far-flung areas of the province.
According to him, the service will be used exclusively for the purpose for immunisation and rescue in the emergencies. Using it for emergency rescues could reduce the mortality rate in road traffic accidents by up to 50%.