Kalat: 8-Day Training for MERC Rescuers Concluded

Yahya Reki
Quetta: A 8-day course to enhance the capacity and improving incident response management skills of “Rescue 1122 workers of Medical Emergency Response Centers” of Balochistan successfully concluded on Wednesday at Agha Irfan Kareem Hospital Kalat.
400 Rescue workers from all centers of “MERC” participated in the course which covered Road Traffic Accident (RTA) response mechanism, incident management strategies, and tactics, simulation exercises, briefing, and documentation, followed by evaluation.
Speaking at the concluding ceremony of the course, the chief guest Member National Assembly Rubina Irfan said that, rescue service is need of the hour in Balochistan to respond to the road accidents. She added that Peoples Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI) Balochistan has started a great project “MERC” to rescue injured people timely and provide first aid.
Speakers of the event
We are listening about the CPEC project since the last 10 years, but don’t know that where are these highways in Balochistan. People of Balochistan need schools and colleges for quality education and fully equipped hospitals for better health facilities. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure all basic facilities for citizens on a priority basis.
Speaking on the occasion, DIG Motorway Police Balochistan Ali Sher Jhakrani said Balochistan covers about 44 percent landmass of Pakistan but has just 4,491 Kilometer highways. He said that 5,000 people lost their lives in terrorism annually in Pakistan, whereas the death toll in “RTA” in Balochistan is more than 6000. Mr. Jhakrani said it is a need of time to improve the prevention of road accidents. He added Motorway police is playing its pivotal role with limited resources. He highly appreciated the services of MERC in RTA response. DIG Motorway Police assured his full support to PPHI (MERC) Balochistan to rescue injured people on roads.
Expressing his views at the concluding ceremony CEO PPHI and PD MERC Rescue 1122 Balochistan Aziz Ahmed Jamali briefed the participants about the need for the project and the hardships faced in its inception. The PD said that these courses would play an important role in maintaining high standards of the service and ensuring medical emergency response. He added that rescue workers of MERC rescue workers responded 4500 traffic accidents and provided first aid to 6,000 injured during 9 months.
He lamented that with the financial problems we covered 1400 Kilometer from Zhob to Winder Balochistan. He said that Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan is supporting MERC and we share progress reports of the project on a monthly bases. He said that we will extend the network of MERC to district headquarters in the future. He also appreciated his team their tireless efforts and makes MERC a success story.
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Yahya Reki belongs to District Chagai of Balochistan. He covers Quetta Division for Balochistan Voices. He also works as a newscaster at PTV Bolan. He is Alumni of the U.S/Pakistan Professional Partnership Program for Journalists in 2018.