At a meeting of Rescue Officers held at the Emergency Service Headquarters, Dr. Rizwan Naseer, the Director General of Punjab Emergency Services, congratulated the Motorcycle Ambulance Service (MAS) for managing over 100,000 emergencies in the province.
The Motorcycle Ambulance Service, which was inaugurated last October in order to access the remote areas in the province which proved too difficult to access by regular ambulances, has achieved great success since then. It was officially made a part of the 1122 Emergency Ambulance service by the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. It consisted of a team of 900 motorbike riders and ambulances and medical technicians. The service was initially launched in the cities of Lahore (with 300 ambulances), Multan, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala (with 100 ambulances each), DG Khan, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, and Sahiwal (with 50 ambulances each).
The service has an average response time of four minutes, is particularly effective when dealing with motor accidents in high traffic areas and medical emergencies in areas with poor domestic planning, and is free for the public.
In total, the MAS has responded to 54,302 automobile accidents, 36,198 medical emergencies, 1845 emergencies of fall from height and 3110 occupational emergencies.