Medical convoy from UK to Pakistan
A medical convoy of 25 ambulances has set out for Pakistan from the UK on an aid mission initiated by UK-based Muslim Hands charity organization.
South Asia, Pakistan 24.04.2013

The scheme is a partnership among Muslim Hands, National Police Aid Convoys and IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. The convoy, which aims to provide medical aid to Pakistan, arrived in Turkey on Wednesday.

Making a statement at a news conference in Feshane, İstanbul, Usmaan Lone, the convoy’s representative, said the convoy which set out from the UK on April 19 arrived in Turkey after passing through France, Italy and Greece and it will move to Pakistan over Iran. Lone offered his thanks to IHH for the foundation’s contribution to the convoy and hospitality.

Speaking at the news conference, IHH deputy Chairman Durmuş Aydın said 86 percent of the child patients in the rural parts of Pakistan lose their lives due to their failure to have access to medical services on them. He said the goal of the campaign is to ensure that people living in rural parts of Pakistan, where there is a high population but insufficient medical services, have speedy access to medical centers in central regions in emergency cases.

Rawalpindi province of Pakistan is a rural area where people have problems in accessing the four big hospitals. In emergency cases, patients are transferred to hospitals in very poor circumstances and they are not given first aid treatment during the transfer, which affects the patient’s medical situation.

It is reported that most of the people who were injured in 6,210 reported traffic accidents in Rawalpindi last year lost their lives or were disabled because they could not be transferred to medical centers within several hours after the accident.

Fully-equipped ambulances which are sent to the region will not only offer first aid treatment to patients who need emergency treatment but they will also take patients to hospitals on time.

The medical convoy is expected to arrive in Pakistan on April 29.

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