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SZABIST, ICRC and JPMC Seminar
A seminar titled “Saving Lives: Legislative Changes for Giving Way to Ambulances” was held on 31st December 2018 at Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC). It was an awareness session jointly organised by the JPMC, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST Karachi) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Attendees included representatives of the media, police, traffic police, transport authorities, health department, emergency medical providers and the medical fraternity.
Highlighting the recent amendments made to the Provincial Motor Vehicles Act, which makes it mandatory for all motorists to give way to ambulances and other emergency vehicles, failing which the offenders are liable to pay a fine. This seminar focused on this landmark legislative change that not only impacts patient survival, but also prevents attacks against emergency health care.
Speaking on the occasion, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister for Works and Services Department who also held the transport portfolio and worked towards passing the amendments, said, “Passing the law is an important milestone. But this step will translate into safer roads for the injured, the sick and those in distress only if the law is respected and properly implemented. I commend the efforts of the ICRC, SZABIST, JPMC, and the Law and Transport Departments of the Sindh government for this positive legislative change.”
SZABIST faculty Ms. Sana Jafri expressing her views on the amendments said that fines will be imposed on people if they try to block or obstruct the way of ambulances. She also said that in case of severe emergency ambulance drivers can go above the speed limit of 80km per hour.
The legal team from SZABIST explained the amendments and the reasons they had been passed. Dr Shoaib Mir, Vice President of SZABIST highlighted the partnership among JPMC, ICRC, SZABIST and the Government of Sindh in not only passing the present amendments in favour of ambulances’ right of passage but also wider respect and protection of healthcare staff, vehicles and facilities.