LAHORE  - The Ministry of National Health Services (Regulations and Coordination) has launched training course titled ‘Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies Courses (HOPE)’ for the rescuers at Lahore emergency services academy on Wednesday.

Official sources said that the course would help enhance the professional skills of rescuers, doctors, and rescue instructors.

During the five-day course, the skills pertaining to disaster risk management, disaster epidemiology and patterns of injury, structural and non-structural components, functional collapse of hospitals, techno industrial disasters, complex emergencies, epidemics and 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 would be imparted to the participants.

The prominent among the participants are Regional Emergency Officers Riffat Zia, Dr Zaffar Shah, District Emergency Officer Dr Farhan Khalid, Dr Fooad Shahzad Mirza, Dr Asif Raheem, Dr Natiq Hayyat, Dr Khalid Abdullah, Dr Abdul Staar, Dr Tariq Saeed, Dr Ehtisham, Dr Azam, Dr Ashfaq Mian, Mian Muhammad Ahsan, Abrar Hassan, Ms Deeba Shahnaz, Ms Roqiya Bano Javed, and Ms Summera Liaqat besides others.

Rescue DG Dr Rizwan Naseer said that Rescue 1122 is working for establishment of safer communities in Pakistan, as Rescue 1122 has rescued over 2.3 million emergency victims so far. He further said that over 800, 000 road traffic crashes have been reported in Punjab whereas over 50, 000 incidents of fire took place in all districts of the province.