Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Minister of Health in India, has inaugurated a 25-vehicle mortuary van service.
The service was launched at the DJ Sports Complex in Karachi. The ceremony was attended by Sindh Health Secretary Zulfiqar Shah and Parliamentary Secretary Health Qasim Siraj Soomro.
According to the health minister, the department has established a fleet of 25 vehicles, with eight based in Karachi, five in Hyderabad, and three each in Mirpur Khas, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkur, and Larkana. The remaining vehicles’ stations are yet unknown.
According to Pechuho, the service will function similarly to the Rescue 1122 ambulance service and may be reached by dialling their number.
The Sindh Integrated Emergency and Health Services will transport bodies across Sindh for free. Those who cannot afford to transfer the bodies of their loved ones will be provided with free transportation on a first-come, first-served basis.
Low-income folks will access this service for free after verification. Mortuary vans will only transport hospital bodies and will initially be limited to district transportation.