It has been mandated by the recent changes in the Provincial Motor Vehicles Act that all the bike and vehicle drivers have to give way to the ambulances and other emergency rescue vehicles, and if one would not do so then the offenders would be charged to pay a fine.
For highlighting this historic legislative change that not just affects the patient survival, but also bars attacks against the emergency health care. An awareness session was jointly arranged by the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Shaheed Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) on Monday.
Back in the year 2015, a conducted research in Karachi revealed that one of the main reasons for violence in hospitals is the delay in the arrival of ambulances during emergency situations.
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While talking on the occasion the head of ICRC delegation head in Pakistan Reto Stocker said that not giving way to any ambulance is itself a form of violence and such barriers could name the difference between life and death. He added that ICRC along with the government and its other partners, is all committed at making the health care in Pakistan safer for both the patients and the other health care staff.
The speakers on the occasion stressed on the significance of extensive dissemination of information in this matter and highlighted the role that the media could play in making it possible.
The new law requires, that the driver of the vehicle shall slow down, and move to the left or otherwise, and make all possible efforts for giving clear uninterrupted and safe passage to the ambulance or an emergency rescue vehicle with active warning lights and a blowing siren.