Heath dept plans to hand over ambulance service to private sector

KARACHI: Provincial Health Department is seriously considering to hand over the public sector ambulance service to a private organization to improve the standard of rescue services across Sindh province, sources at health department told PPI on Thursday.

They said the move is aimed at stopping corruption being committed every year in account fuel and also improving the standard of rescue service. They informed that ambulances were being used for personal matters in public sector institutions rather than in shifting patients with emergency requirements in hospitals.

They informed it was observed that corruption worth millions of rupees was being committed annually in the name of fuel and maintenance of vehicles, thus authorities concerned are planning to hand over ambulance services to Aman Foundation engaged in large-scale rescue services throughout the city .

The provincial authorities are preparing documentation and agreement will be signed soon between health department and Aman Foundation. Aman Foundation ambulance service is successfully operating across the city and their rescue vehicles are equipped with all modern facilities and trained staff to provide first-aid treatment to patients during shifting them into hospitals.

Secretary Health Sindh Iftikhar Ali Shallwani when contacted, confirmed that the provincial government was planning to run government ambulance services under private partnership to improve the rescue services in the province. He informed that in initial phase, ambulances service of government run hospitals will be handed over to Aman Foundation in Sujawal and Thatta districts.

He said after watching performance of rescue services in two districts, the ambulance services will be handed over to private organization in Karachi and other parts of province in next phase.

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