LAHORE - Acting DG Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Brig (Retd) Dr Arshad Zia on Monday took over the charge of his office.

Presiding over a meeting of rescuers at Rescue 1122 Headquarters, the acting DG said that work for the welfare of rescuers, finalise long awaited service rules, maintain the standards of emergency services, establish urban search & rescue teams at divisional level and smooth provision of technical assistance to other provinces were among his top priorities.

He said that he was glad to lead the lifesaving service of Pakistan and would perform in his best capacity.

Dr Arshad Zia completed his MBBS from Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur in 1974 and joined Pakistan Army’s Medical Corps as Captain Doctor in 1981.

Meanwhile, Punjab Emergency Service (PES) has provided services to the victims of 698 road accidents in the Punjab during last 24 hours.

According to Rescue 1122, 15 people were killed while 670 sustained serious injuries in these accidents. However, 326 drivers, 23 juvenile drivers, 132 pedestrians and 536 passengers were among the victims of the accidents.

The statistics show that 121 accidents were reported in Lahore, 57 in Faisalabad with 69 victims and 43 accidents in Gujranwala with 56 victims.

As many as, 578 motorcycles, 91 rickshaws, 71 cars, 35 vans, 19 buses, 20 trucks and 77 other vehicles and slow moving carts were involved in the accidents.