After two years of my husband’ death my life now has came to some routine. I have started to work in an organization to earn for my family. Everything was smooth with me after years. My daughter had got admission in a Medical College and I have found a valuable job. Daily I and my daughter share our whole day stories with each other and we two have made our own world together. But, something terrible again happened with me. It was November 2012, I was coming back home from office, suddenly a sound of booooom! And next moment everything was blurred. I was not much hurt, but I was bit unconscious that what had happened. After 5 minutes when I got my senses back I realized that it was a blast! Yes a blast but fortunately I was
bit far away from that place. When I managed to see around I found people injured lying on roads, roads full with bloodshed and I saw people crying. My heart knew the pain because I already had lost my beloved. So, I rushed towards the injured people to help them. Within few minutes the air of that area was full with the sirens of ambulances. Ambulances were nightmare for me. But this day I was surprised to see so many ambulances reaching at the sight of incident. I started to help people getting in ambulances, although it’s not considered a female job to do
such thing. But my heart was bleeding and I only wanted to save lives. At that day I realized Ambulances have power and they are very important because the role ambulances play is directly related to human life. Ambulances of different NGOs were working at sight of incident and people were helping the drivers and to take injured to hospital. Seeing this entire scenario I got my trust back again on ambulance service. This day people were giving way to ambulances,
this day they thought someone they love might be in the ambulance. This day every heart was filled with humanity, people were helping each other and in this way many lives got saved. Just a little sense of humanity, a little feeling for others and a heart to feel other’s pain can save many lives. When I was on way back to my home, on roads I saw ambulances moving with fast speed. I saw
people giving way to ambulances, I saw people helping ambulances and this all made me realize that humanity can do wonders! Ohh mama! Where have you been? I was worried! My daughter said while hugging me as I
entered the home. In front the TV was on and a news channel was showing news about today’s blast injuries and deaths. I said her I am all good darling get me a glass of water. The news was flashing that “Ambulances took the injured to hospital on time and most of the people are safe”. It was good to see such news although stress and pain for the 4 dead people was there in my heart. But I was happy to see the service of ambulances, and was wondering ambulances can work very efficiently if all people around help the ambulances!
The Research (Continue)
Sara focused her research mainly to Karachi. It was pity for her to find that in the city of more than 20 million populations only few government ambulances exists. And the service of ambulances in Government hospitals of Sindh is very dilapidated. To make it worse, Government ambulances are using Suzuki Hi-roofs as ambulances which are very small in size and patient face difficulties in such ambulances. According to the Health Department’s one official, the number of ambulances in Sindh is 310 in Public Sector, among these 150 are lying out of order. Moreover, she found in her research that the attendants of patients face a lot of
difficulty in shifting their patients from one part to another due to lack of ambulances. Now seeing these alarming statistics of ambulance condition of public sector, Sara started to dig out the conditions of private sector. Ambulances meant to be Life-Saving Vehicles but in our country ambulances are only working as transport for patients. Majority of the ambulances in our country and city lack common equipment which must be equipped in ambulances like; oxygen cylinder, cardiac monitor, X-Ray machine, ECG machine etc. One study Sara read which says, Pre-
Treatment can save a life. If the ambulances will get equipped with all these necessary equipment then ambulances will be able to provide Pre-Treatment to patients and even if they will stuck in traffic the common oxygen supply and cardiac pushes could be given to patients and it could save their lives. The pre-treatment is very important aspect which is neglected by all majority ambulance services in Pakistan. The concept of ambulance when came it said that ambulances are live saving vehicles. But in Pakistan, ambulances are not saving lives, they are
only taking patients to hospitals and worst thing is, the environment of ambulances is not good at all for patients. Due to such alarming situation in Public Sector people see the Private Sector with hope and Private Sector has came to fill the void. The number and condition of Private Sector ambulances are better than Public.
It was 6th December 2013; today Sara had to present her research in front of her class and supervisor. She was bit afraid and nervous as well. Because the topic which she had chosen was may seem very common to other but to Sara this topic was something which she really wanted to know about, because the topic was related to something which changed her life. She studied and researched the topic with keen interest and now she was ready to present it in front of all. When her name was called Sara went confidently to stage and presented her research in front
of all. She described the data she gathered from survey and questioners. Sara compiled the primary and secondary data very efficiently which was showing true consequences of ambulance service in Pakistan. When she came on stage and started to speak it seemed liked words are carrying pain with them. She started with these words; “Ambulance can save a life, it only needs your help.” Then she showed the statistic that in Pakistan hundreds of people die
yearly because of either late ambulance service or ambulance get stuck in traffic. The data she gathered showed astonishing situation. When people were asked that when they see ambulance on their way, do they give way to ambulance? Only 23% people said yes and 77% said no. The condition is clear in this scenario ambulances cannot perform effectively. And the
number of public ambulances is also very shattering in Pakistan. She further said, an ambulance plays a very important role in saving a life. When there is a blast, an injury, a heart attack or any accident if ambulance takes a patient to hospital timely you are safe. Then by taking a sigh of agony she said in our country almost every day roads are blocked by traffic, everyday there are strikes everyday someone dies on roads. She came to conclusion by giving a solution a remedy of this problem. She suggested that if we want our people to realize how important their role is in saving life by giving way to ambulances, we should start doing awareness.
Sara came up with two approaches. The first approach she thought would be beneficial in spreading awareness and solving problem could be by “Use of Social Media.” Why Social Media and how to use social media now these two questions aroused here. It was different thing for supervisor and others to listen. But Sara came up with this approach after searching so hard and after a smart thought. She shared statistic that, in 2016 it was estimated that 40 million people in Pakistan use smart phones, and usually people from 18-35 spend their most of the time in
using smart phones. So, after seeing such huge number Sara thought that it would be a wonderful move to target people at their favorite place. Sara herself noticed that she and all the people of her age have a mobile phone 24 hours in their hands, and they have access to social media every minute. That’s how Sara justified why social media? Part. Let’s move to how social media? Facebook and twitter are social media platforms which could be used for awareness in very efficient way. Because according to a survey it has found that people spend most of their time now using social platforms like facebook, twitter, whatsapp etc. So, we already have a huge
number of audience gathered at one place and a place of their own interest, it would be perfect to attract their attention at their own favorite place. Different NGOs, Individuals, Group of people, students, social activists, and advertising agencies can use these social media platform to spread awareness. A campaign can be started by students, they can put a status saying “Write Benefits of giving way to ambulances” and if a student who has 200 friends on facebook will update a status regarding the “importance of giving way to ambulances” it’s must that more than 80 responses will come and more than 100 people will read the status. In the same manner maximum audience can be reached on social platforms. Competitions, quiz and other
interactive activities can be arranged to attract audience and to aware them about the importance of giving way to ambulance. Second Approach to provide an awareness to the people about the life saving issue is to start
campaigns in schools, colleges and universities by arranging seminars and small events. When an interactive and interests events will be arranged like essay writing competitions, debate competitions, dialogue competition, theater competitions to define the importance of giving way to ambulance then it will be beneficial and fruitful. And a group of students should be made from every school, college and university as an ambassador to work for this cause and to
promote importance of ambulances in their campuses. She explained all this in such a manner that at end of her presentation all the people were clapping hard and were appreciating her work. For her quality research Sara got a position and she was determined to implement her research solution when she will get her degree. Strive for Good Today, Sara owns a small NGO which works to facilitate people in many ways. The main focus of NGO is towards providing safe journey of ambulance and to aware people about consequences which may save a life. Every month the NGO arrange 2,3 big events regarding the awareness program in different schools, colleges and universities. And sometimes Sara herself speaks as speaker and reaches the hearts of people. The NGO might is small today but the aim of Sara to
change the world, to save the lives and to make sure people get to hospitals on time is very big. She will continue to work for this cause, because she does not want many any other Sara will lose his father in ambulance. She does not want any other wife will lose her husband. She does not want any Father and husband leaves his family!
A simple act, a simple move, your 5 minutes, your single effort can save a life, think and act!
I see my daughter from here, I feel proud of her today. I may not be able to tell her that Sara your dad loves you and he is proud of you. I may not able to love my daughter again, I may not able to give her my support but she has made me feel special even after my death. Her efforts in spreading awareness and working to save lives are something which gives my soul solace here.
My wife, her continuous support to Sara makes me love my wife more. I so want to tell these both women that they are proud of my life. I want to tell them their work is helping so many people in a positive way, and no more fathers now have to leave their daughters and die in ambulances now. I am dead, but I am happy that not much more people will face death in an ambulance if the people of world work together to save life, to give way to ambulances,
because it might have someone they love!