The East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has donated a Northamptonshire vehicle to an impoverished province of Pakistan.
NHS regulations mean the ambulance can no longer be used in the UK, and the donation was made via charity Al Ain, which aims to provide better healthcare and education in developing countries.
It will be used in the Swabi district of the south-east Asian nation, where healthcare is only available to those who can afford it.
Minister Dr Khalid, Additional Secretary for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province, which includes the Swabi district, visited EMAS to accept the donation and talk to staff about how it will be used.
Dr Khalid said: “I speak on behalf of my people when I say that this ambulance is gratefully received.
“It will provide lifesaving free transport to so many people who currently have limited access to any form of healthcare. The vehicle will help vulnerable people and I can assure you it will save lots of lives.”
Dr Khalid was given the opportunity to sit inside the vehicle and said he was surprised at how comfortable it was.
Steve Farnsworth, EMAS’s head of fleet said: “It was an honour to meet Dr Khalid and hear about how the vehicle will be so hugely appreciated in Pakistan.
“The ambulance has spent seven years as an A&E vehicle in Northamptonshire and although we are no longer able to use it to provide NHS services is it still in a workable condition and will continue to treat people in Pakistan.”
The charity Al-Ain International Trust was established in 2003 with the primary objective of providing free eye care, mainly to those poor people, suffering from treatable blindness and other eye related diseases. More recently, trustees have extended the objectives to cater for basic Healthcare and Education in under-developing countries.
Chief Executive Muhammad Khan said: “Our charity work close with partners throughout the East Midlands to provide healthcare and education to Pakistan.
“The generous donation from East Midlands Ambulance Service is grateful received and this one vehicle will provide medical help to an area similar in size to Scotland.”