LAHORE - Rescue 1122 Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer has said that the hospital emergency preparedness has too much significance and they would take every possible step to ensure the safety of emergency victims. He expressed these views while addressing the concluding ceremony of Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) Course organised for District Emergency Officers at Emergency Services Academy on Sunday.This course was conducted in collaboration with National Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Network (NHEPRN), Network for Disaster Management Practitioners (NDMP) and Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) for District Emergency Officers of Punjab. The course enables staff to develop disaster preparedness plans to respond, based on best-practice guidelines. Instructors and practitioners are trained with HOPE and expert assistance is provided on enhancing medical facility preparedness. During this five-daylong courses, the skills pertaining to Disaster Risk Management; Disaster Epidemiology and Patterns of Injury, Structural & Non Structural Components, Functional Collapse of Hospitals, Techno Industrial Disasters, Complex Emergencies, Epidemics & Emerging Infections, Mass Casualty Incident, Mass Gathering Medical Care, Principles of Disaster Medicines, Pre-hospital care, Triage, Hospital Incident Command System, Hospital Preparedness Planning, Emergency Department, Hospital Internal Disasters, Onsite Medical Care, Inter Agency Coordination, Disaster Risk Communication, Mass Fatality Management, Psychological Consequences of Disasters and Return to Normal Health Operations were imparted among the participants of the courses. Rizwan Naseer congratulated course instructors and participants and hoped that the knowledge they gained through HOPE Course, the district emergency officers would assist the district hospitals and the health administration to review hospital emergency preparedness plans in the light of best international practice. He also thanked Prof. Dr. Iqbal Lehri, Director General, National Health Preparedness & Response Network, Dr. Muhammad Saeed Minhas, (JPMC, Karachi) and Dr. Falak Nawaz, the CEO Network for Disaster Management Practitioners and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center for their cooperation and contribution towards capacity building of long neglected emergency services in Pakistan.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 03-Mar-2014 here.