The Sindh government has stirred up controversy by imposing a ban on ambulances of welfare organizations from responding to terror attacks.
This move has raised questions about the capacity of the government to provide swift and effective emergency response services in the wake of such attacks.
According to reports, the government has directed welfare organizations to hold back from rushing to the site of terrorist attacks and has instead designated its own ambulance service, ‘Rescue 1122’, to transport terrorism victims.
The directive was issued in response to the difficulties law enforcement faced during the recent attack on the Karachi Police Office (KPO) in Karachi.
The decision has caused concern among welfare organizations that have been actively involved in providing emergency response services to victims of terrorist attacks in the past.
The government’s move has been criticized for jeopardizing the safety and well-being of victims, who may not receive timely medical attention due to delays caused by a lack of resources.
In light of the controversy, the Secretary of the Health Department has been instructed to prepare new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for emergency response services.
The government has assured the public that the new SOPs will ensure that only trained personnel are among the first responders in such situations.
In addition to the ban on welfare organization ambulances, the Sindh government has also made several other decisions, including a ban on displaying firearms for three months and a crackdown on vehicles with unauthorized number plates. These measures are aimed at improving law and order in the province and ensuring the safety of its citizens.
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