In a First, KPK Govt To Establish Eight Satellite Rescue Stations Along Highways, Motoways
In an effort to provide fast emergency services, the government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has decided to establish eight satellite rescue stations along major highways and motorways in KPK.
This decision has been taken following the loss of precious lives as a result of delayed first aid services in accidents along motoways and highways everyday. The United States Agency for International Development has committed an amount of Rs139.2 millions for the establishment of 8 emergency services.
The responsibility of establishing the satellite rescue stations has been given to Relief, rehabilitation and settlement (RRS). Secretary RRS Mohammad Abid Majeed also announced that the government plans to expand the services across major highways and motorways in the province.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to set up eight rescue stations at the following areas.
Midpoint of Kohat-Bannu Road and Sarai Gambila on the Indus Highway, midpoints of Peshawar and Mardan and Mardan and Swabi on M-1, midpoint of Katlang interchange and Malakand tunnel on Swat Expressway, Lowari Tunnel on N-45 highway and Saria Saleh interchange on Hazara Motorway.
Secretary RRS Mohammad Abid Majeed termed reckless driving and poor conditions of vehicles the main reason for the increasing number of accidents everyday. He further added that this initiative is a first of it’s kind. Before this there was no such facility available to take care of the injured people in accidents along motoways and highways.
The satellite rescue stations will be equipped with state of the art materials including large ambulances which are available to cater 6-8 people at a time. Moreover, special staff trained in accident trauma will also be deployed.
The rescue services will be available 24/7 to facilitate the people. The emergency services will be executed by rescue 1122.