BAHAWALPUR - In 2012, the Punjab Emergency Service commonly known as Rescue 1122 received 499,028 phone calls from which 16,313 calls were related to emergency, said an official.

"Time to reach the site remained 6:12 minutes," noted Dr Asif Rahim Channar, the Bahawalpur Divisional Emergency Officer. "As many as 4,463 calls were regarding road accidents, 279 fire incidents, two cylinder blasts, three building collapses, 622 incidents of quarrels, 10,820 medical emergencies, 36 drowning incidents while 88 special rescue operations were conducted in 2012."

The Bahawalpur Rescue 1122 rescued 16,117 people out of which 3,806 were given first aid on the spot and 12,311 critically injured people were transferred to hospitals after initial first aid, he observed. Basic Life Support and Disaster Management training programmes were held in different departments for dealing with any unpleasant incident during the year, he said.

The officer further said that for dengue eradication, the Rescue 1122 held seminars in schools and colleges for spreading awareness and also conducted rallies and distributed pamphlets in this regard. Divisional Emergency Officer Malik Asif Rahim Channar expressed the hope that the performance of the Rescue 1122 would improve in the days to come.

Woman burnt: A woman sustained burns after a fire erupt in the fuel tank of a passenger can here the other day.

A van came out of petrol pump after taking fuel on Pirmahal-Rajana Road. Meanwhile the fuel petrol tank caught fire due to a leakage. As a result, the wagon was completely burnt.

Asma Bibi who injured in the accident was admitted to Pirmahal Rural Health Centre in critical condition. However, other passengers remained unhurt.