ICRC delegation lauds Rescue 1122 performance

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Staff Reporter

A six members delegation of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) led by Ms Dragana Kojic, visited the Punjab Emergency Services Academy (PESA) here on Wednesday.

They met with Director General PESD Dr Rizwan Naseer and discussed about areas of mutual cooperation for capacity building of emergency services and volunteers to provide basic right to emergency care to all without discrimination.

Dr Rizwan Naseer briefed the delegation about the Emergency Services reforms, which have been carried out in Punjab, KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces of Pakistan.

These reforms started in 2004 when the first professionally trained Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) was established from Lahore in Pakistan and gradually evolved into an integrated emergency services model for South Asia.

This comprehensive emergency preparedness, response and prevention system established under the Punjab Emergency Service Act, 2006 responds to all day-to-day emergencies and disasters.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Dragana Kojic acknowledged the services rendered by Rescue 1122 and the long-standing partnership of ICRC with Rescue 1122 in the service of humanity.

She also reviewed the comprehensive and integrated model of emergency management system established in Pakistan.

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