MUZAFFARGARH    -   District Emergency Officer (DEO) Rescue 1122, Dr Hus­sain Mian on Monday urged the masses to avoid making dis­turbing calls on the emergency helpline as it could affect perfor­mance of the department.

Presiding over a monthly performance evaluation meet­ing at his office, he said that the Rescue 1122 Muzaffargarh had received 24,506 calls on the emergency helpline dur­ing September out of which only 3663 calls were emer­gency calls while 17,43 were disturbing calls. He said that the helpline went engaged be­cause of the disturbing calls due to which the department received late information about the emergencies. 

He urged the masses to avoid disturbing calls on the emergency helpline in order to save lives and properties of others. He disclosed that the department has received 516 calls of road accidents, 2584 medical emergencies, 16 of fire cases, 82 of crime, six of drowning into water, two of building collapse and 457 other emergencies during the last month. He said that the department responded to each call within an average of seven minutes.

DEO Dr Hussain Mian main­tained that rescue officials from Muzaffargarh were par­ticipating in relief operations in flood hit areas of Sindh province. He also lauded the Punjab government for start­ing motorcycle ambulances in the district which enabled res­cuers to reach rural and popu­lated areas of the district.