LAHORE, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 18th Jan, 2017 ) : Punjab Emergency Services Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer discussed overall mechanism of Patient Referral System (PRS) with all district emergency officers (DEOs) of Punjab at Rescue 1122 Headquarters on Wednesday. The meeting was held to devise a mechanism for referral of emergency patients from one institution to another by utilizing the health department's ambulances on priority basis to improve emergency care in Punjab.
The issues of better utilization of private/non-governmental ambulances for non-emergency patients/ dead body shifting etc were also discussed. In the meeting, progress regarding new initiative of Motorbike Ambulance Service and establishment of an emergency service in remaining 62 tehsils of the Punjab were also discussed. In the Emergency Patient Referral System, the DEOs were briefed that out of around 930 ambulances, 599 ambulances were found fit to be used for the EPR system. The efforts of District Emergency Officers Hafizabad were appreciated for successfully implementing the EPR system which was a model for other districts as it would be implemented in other districts of the Punjab too. Under the Rescue Mohafiz Programme, progress regarding the establishment of community emergency response teams in every union council of Punjab was also discussed.