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Punjab’s Pioneering Air Ambulance Service


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In a remarkable development for Punjab’s healthcare sector, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif has launched the region’s first air ambulance service. This pioneering initiative aims to bring critical care services to districts in Punjab that currently lack access to specialized rescue and medical facilities.

The air ambulance service, set to commence operations in June 2024, is designed to address the healthcare infrastructure gap in certain districts of South Punjab and East Punjab. By prioritizing areas like Bhakkar, Mianwali, and Bahawalnagar, the service ensures that patients in remote locations have access to timely medical care.

Beyond patient transportation, the air ambulance service will play a crucial role in disaster management. During floods, the aircraft will identify affected areas and evacuate trapped individuals. In the event of a fire, the service will enable more accurate estimation and effective rescue operations.

The first training session for the air ambulance service has already begun, with rescue personnel undergoing rigorous sessions to prepare for the launch. The service will not only enhance rescue coverage but also provide assistance during motorway emergencies, with runways in cities like Lahore and Multan facilitating operations.

Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s commitment to improving healthcare infrastructure and services in Punjab is evident in her active involvement in the initiative. The air ambulance service is a significant step towards enhancing healthcare access and emergency response capabilities in the region.

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