ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday emphasized the need for availability of air ambulance service for all citizens, saying said this would help effectively tackle any emergent situation caused by natural calamities or accidents.
While addressing a function organized by Pakistan Red Crescent in Islamabad in connection with World Red Crescent and Red Cross Day being observed across the globe, the president expressed satisfaction that there was some progress towards provision of pre-fabricated medical units in Gilgit-Baltistan and Gwadar besides ambulance service.
Mamnoon Hussain said the government and his office would extend necessary cooperation to Pakistan Red Crescent for its programmes.
President Mamnoon said there was need for inclusion of the subject of disaster management in educational syllabus.
The president also proposed establishment of Red Crescent Corps on the pattern of National Cadet Crops at colleges. He said this would help equip youth to act proactively in disasters and catastrophes to serve humanity.
Speaking on the occasion, the Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana said the Red Crescent Society was doing a wonderful job and philanthropists should extend more cooperation to it.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said services of the society should be expanded to far-flung areas. He urged media to play its role in this regard.
The Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai said volunteers of Red Crescent Pakistan were serving the humanity without any discrimination.
Highlighting objectives of the Red Crescent Society, its Chairman Saeed Ilahi said 25 ambulances had been operating in Islamabad to provide first aid to the people.