Rawalpindi/Islamabad - The rescuers will remain on emergency alert with 14 fully equipped emergency ambulances, nine fire vehicles, three rescue and recovery vehicles and two specialised vehicles on 9th and 10th Muharram-ul-Haram.

All mobile posts and ambulances with medical kits will be moving along with the processions to provide mourners with immediate medical treatment if needed. Emergency Officers including trained doctors will supervise the arrangements on both days. The rescuers will provided medical cover to mass gathering mourners processions and Majalis throughout the muharram. In this regard close liaison with hospitals, police, security and counter terrorism cell has been established during pre-arrangement meetings.    

Meanwhile, Director General, Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122), Dr Rizwan Naseer reviewed the arrangements for providing emergency medical cover to the mourning processions during 9th and 10th Muharram-ul-Haram.

In this regard the rescuers have been assigned special emergency duties in all over the Punjab including Rawalpindi.

The director general said such arrangements were essential for mass gatherings so that any emergency could be responded in an efficient manner and it was the moral responsibility of the citizens to give way to the rescue emergency ambulances and fire vehicles. He advised the citizens to dial 1122 in case of any emergency. Only timely call can ensure timely rescue, he added.

Meanwhile, emergency has been declared in all hospitals of the capital over probable threats to mourning processions and gatherings on Muharram 9, 10.

Spokesperson of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Dr Ayesha Raisani said that high alert was declared and leaves of doctors and other emergency staff had been revoked who would stay alert round the clock to tackle any unfortunate situation while formal notification had been issued in that regard. She said that a comprehensive plan had been chalked out for Muharram-ul-Haram.

She said all senior doctors would remain on call during Muharram days and additional staff had been deployed in surgical and emergency departments. She said sufficient medicines and surgical equipment had been provided to the concerned departments while hospital staff had been directed not to leave the hospital till completion of duty hours.

On the other hand, Polyclinic has also been put on high alert and all required facilities, besides additional beds and huge amount of medicines, are being provided.