Road accidents claim160 lives, injured 8,541 in Balochistan
Staff Reporter :
Road accidents have claimed 160 lives and injured 8,541 people during the last one year in Balochistan. Death ratio decreased on highways following timely response by the newly established medical emergency response centers (MERC) in Balochistan.
“Seven times death rate decreased in the aftermath of the quick response by MERC”, Aziz Ahmed Jamali, the project director of the MERC told Quetta Voice in an exclusive interview. The MERC workers provided first-aid and shifted 8,541 injured of traffic accidents to hospitals across Balochistan, Mr. Jamali mentioned.Overall, our system recorded 6659 traffic accidents across Balochistan during the last one year, he revealed.
Road accidents claim thousands of lives
In Balochistan, road accidents have claimed thousands of precious human lives. It was very difficult to provide timely medical treatment to injured of the accidents because of long distance and poor communication system. Major reason behind establishment of this system (MERC) is to save human lives in deserts, mountains and far-flung areas of Balochistan.
Most of the traffic accidents reported from Lasbella district of Balochistan. MERC statistics show Lasbella reported 1,611, Khuzdar 1047 and Mastung 899 traffic accidents during the last one year. “We have also provided medical treatment to over 3,000 patients in remote-areas of Balochistan”, Aziz Jamali informed.
14 emergency response centers established on highways
MERC continues to provide service at three highways from Quetta-Karachi, Zhob and Chaman. “We have established 14 emergency response centers on highways to make sure timely provision of services to people”, he said.
Trained paramedics from Lahore deployed in these emergency centers to support the passengers in remote-areas of the province. Apart from this, MERC has also established wash-rooms in all centers to facilitate the passengers. Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan also took to Twitter the other day and appreciated the services being rendered by the MERC.