By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The Governor of Punjab, Ch Muhammad Sarwar on Saturday inaugurated Corona Rescue Helpline-1190 at Rescue-1122 Headquarters for providing information and assistance about corona-virus to the citizens and provision of safe transportation of corona suspected patients into the designated hospitals across Punjab.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor of Punjab said the Helpline-1190 was established to avoid panic in the country and for providing guidance to all those victims who are suffering from fever, flu, and shortness of breath, etc. This helpline would improve the coordination among the Health Department and Public, adding that as all flu and fever aren’t related to Corona, therefore, people should not need to panic.
Ch Sarwar appreciated the Rescue team for making the Helpline-1190 functional on an emergency basis and training of paramedics for providing 24/7 assistance to the public. He hoped that this helpline would decrease the burden on hospitals by the provision of timely guidance, he said, adding that the Rescuers would be able to safely respond to the corona emergencies.
At this occasion, DG Rescue Dr Rizwan Naseer briefed the chief guest that corona Rescue Helpline-1190. He said that this helpline would be remained operational 24/7 and trained paramedic staff would provide guidance. After confirmation from the Health Team, suspected of corona victims would be shifted into the designated hospitals/centers by Rescue Service.
He directed the on-duty staff to ensure personal safety by washing hands or using hand sanitizers, avoid gathering and maintaining social distance. The safe practice must be ensured while performing duty i.e wearing proper gloves, masks and safely dispose of PPE before going home, he concluded.
Earlier, Dr Rizwan Naseer made different test calls while giving different scenarios to staff and officers working in corona Rescue Helpline-1190 and checked their responses, instructions and coordination mechanism for providing the assistance of suspected emergencies of corona patients.