Syed Murad Ali Shah—the Chief Minister of Sindh took the decision of introducing an ambulance service with a fleet of sixty completely loaded vehicles in the city and entered into a deal with the Patient’s Aid Foundation (PAF) for operating the facility on public-private partnership mode.
The grant deal between the Sindh government and PAF was inked by Mushtaq Chapra of PAF and the secretary of Health—Usman Chahchar at the CM House.
The government of Sindh during the present fiscal year would be taking over the service of Aman Ambulances and would operate it in the city of Karachi along with PAF. In the second step, the objective is to expand the Karachi fleet of ambulances from sixty to two hundred by the end of the next year, as informed by the chief minister.
It is important to mention that there is already a pilot project in process in the districts of Sujawal and Thatta with twenty-five life-saving ambulances by the names of “Sindh Peoples Ambulance Service”, which has been running operations for the past 2 years under the same public-private partnership between the government of Sindh and Aman.
Murad Ali Shah also added that the expansion in Karachi and rural areas of the province would be done under the suggested name of “SindhEmergency Medical Services”. He further said that the ambulance service would be expanded to all the districts of the province on an incremental basis under the new name.
He revealed that the current, as well as the expanded service, would be made available without any cost for the advantage of the public and hence would especially give benefit to the underprivileged.