Government intervention sought to expedite ambulance stations project

 15 Feb 2014 - 3:56


DOHA: The Central Municipal Council (CMC) has sought government intervention in the issue of launching permanent stations for ambulances and air ambulances outside Doha. 
Over one year has passed since the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning identified sites for developing permanent stations at 26 locations across the country. But there has been little progress in the project, CMC Deputy Chairman Jassim Al Malki said.
Currently, air ambulances and a large contingent of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) ambulance fleet are stationed at the HMC headquarters. 
The CMC, in its earlier sessions, raised concerns about ambulance service on time.
For want of permanent stations outside Doha, the service is not available on time in the event of any accidents or causalities in these areas, especially during the peak hours when the roads experience heavy traffic, councillors said during sessions. 
In response to a submission by the CMC more than a year ago, the ministry said it had already identified 26 sites for developing permanents stations for ambulances and air ambulances. 
The ministry said it was coordinating with concerned ministries and government agencies like HMC and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) for the early launch of the project, Al Malki, also Head of Services and Public Facility, told Al Sharq.
Ashghal said it was working with HMC to develop a perfect design for the proposed ambulance stations. However, the council feels that concerned authorities are soft-pedalling on the matter. 
It is against this backdrop the CMC has sought government intervention to expedite project work. 
The council also stressed the need for Ashghal to accelerate design work. It said the ministry should also speed up mandatory procedures for handing over plots to concerned agencies The Peninsula