Disaster management

Saad Bin Aziz Ahmed

Pakistan has been in the state of war against terrorism for more than sixteen years now. More than fifty thousand people have died due to terror attacks and activities which came in every possible way and form i.e. IEDs, ambushes, suicide attacks, assaults etc.But through all this carnage, one thing remained the same i.e. improper, unorganized and panicked disaster management and emergency response due to which a number of casualties in an incident increase quite drastically. Recent incident at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar (16.2.2017) and last year at the “Noorani” (12.11.2016) are prime examples where many injuries could have been prevented from becoming deaths if provided with proper and quality emergency response and medical facilities in time. Moreover, in some cases a primary attack is followed by a planned secondary attack, likes of which we saw in the attack on Civil Hospital Quetta (8.8.2016) hence increasing the number of casualties quite radically. Governments (both Federal and Provincial) need to set their priorities straight and devise, formulate and implement a proper and organised disaster management and emergency response plan on international standards and protocols to be applied nationwide.

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