71 people die in 7,065 road traffic crashes: Rizwan

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Punjab Emergency Service Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer said that Rescue 1122 provided emergency care to 19285 emergency victims of 18728 emergencies across the province of Punjab during Eid holidays.
The Rescue Service responded to 7065 emergencies of road traffic crashes in which 71 precious lives were lost in these holidays. The Emergency Ambulance, Rescue and Fire Services responded to 7065 emergencies of road traffic crashes, 8892 medical emergencies, 712 crime incidents, 509 fire incidents, 71 drownings and 1479 other emergencies such as delivery cases, fall from a height, electric shock and occupational injuries.
This was informed in a meeting chaired by DG Rescue Punjab Dr Rizwan Naseer held at Rescue Headquarters here on Thursday. All head of Wings from Rescue Headquarters and Emergency Services Academy were also present at this accession.
He expressed his serious concern over the loss of precious human lives in both emergencies of road traffic crashes and drowning emergencies during Eid days. He analyzed that at least 7065 people were gravely injured in road traffic crashes in these days due to reckless driving after the relaxation of lockdown, who were shifted to the various hospital across Punjab in which 71 people died.
Out of which 751 victims received head injuries, 384 multiple fractures, 1298 Single fractures, 113 spinal injuries were reported during Eid holidays, whereas, 5828 victims with minor injuries were provided first aid at the spot by trained medical teams of the Service.
The meeting was also informed that a higher number of emergencies occurred in Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur and Sahiwal in Eid days. The Emergency Service Lahore responded to 2237 emergencies including 1120 road traffic crashes. Faisalabad responded to 1730 emergencies including 626 RTCs, Multan dealt 1156 emergencies with 529 RTCs, Bahawalpur responded to 913 emergencies with 291 RTCs and Sahiwal dealt 939 emergencies including 305 RTCs during Eid Holidays.
The head of Provincial Monitoring Cell briefed the DG that emergency plans for Eid were implemented in close coordination of Deputy Commissioners in all Districts of Punjab. He was further briefed that 11,130 rescuers performed their duties in three shifts at 650 key points established across Punjab including 250 key points of emergency vehicles and 400 of motorbike ambulances.
In this regard, emergency ambulance, fire and rescue vehicles were deployed at all major Eid prayer sites and sensitive areas along with trained emergency staff to provide immediate pre-hospital emergency cover in all districts of Punjab.
At this occasion, the DG said that road traffic crashes can be reduced while adopting road safety measures and road safety laws as nothing is important than human life. He requested all drivers to drive carefully especially motorbike drivers because almost 80% of accident injuries involve Motorbikes. He also requested the public for the timely call at 1122 in case of any emergency as the only timely call can ensure the timely emergency response to any incident.
Dr Rizwan Naseer appreciated all rescuers who performed their duty on Eid-ul-Fitr by sacrificing their own Eids.

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