The Edhi Ambulance: first responders in Pakistan (photo essay)

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12 Responses to “The Edhi Ambulance: first responders in Pakistan (photo essay)”

  1. CopraCandy says:

    You didn’t mention that Edhi’s ambulance service is the largest private ambulance service in the world.

    And now they also have choppers and planes.
    https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Edhi_Foundation

    Btw, why on earth are your pics black and white?

    • Bassam Tariq says:

      The pictures are black and white because they were shot on black and white film, Kodak TX400.

      • CopraCandy says:

        **The pictures are black and white because they were shot on black and white film**

        Yes yes… I can see they are on black and white film (dramatic grainy quality)… but WHY?

        I would’ve just used my phone camera and got better quality pics…

        Anyway, nice of you to highlight this stuff.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey Bassam Tariq & Omar Malick Woww Both Great Guys and Really Working Very very Good and Great …. i know Bassam you missing your Mom and Daddy….. Omar too missing very much his Family b coz both very long time live in Karachi and Working … my Wishe’s and Pray With you Bassam and Omar … i hope you successful INSHA ALLAH.
    <|_|_| | Bless you Dear Friends

  3. rebdav says:

    The most important thing an ambulance can do is scoop and run you to the hospital or surgery. The only thing worth dallying is a cardiac arrest where a paramedic team can give the same level of care as an ER.

    • Anonymous says:

      You don’t know what you’re talking about.
      So giving D50% to a hypoglycemic diabetic is not useful? Giving a benzodiazapine to a seizing patient is not useful? Giving epinephrine and benadryl to a patient in anaphylactic shock is not useful? Giving adenocard or cardizem (to a patient or cardioverting) a patient with a life-threatening tachycardia isn’t useful? Pacing a patient or giving atropine to a patient with a life-threatening bradycardia isn’t useful? Giving beta-blockers to someone who is having a hypertensive crisis isn’t useful? Decompressing a tension pneumothorax isn’t useful? I could go on all day.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Having passengers (adult, male) on motorcycles is not allowed in order to prevent motorcycle “hit squads” in which the passenger would shoot and then be able to make a quick escape through the congested traffic. This became very common at times. In many countries where private ownership of guns is illegal, but cops carry them; should we criticize that as well?

  5. Anonymous says:

    These are wonderful photos. I’m guessing they are 35mm? What camera did you use?

    • Bassam Tariq says:

      I used a Nikon F3 with a 50mm 1.8 lens. I picked it up from the electronics market in Saddar for cheap.

  6. Antinous / Moderator says:

    The ambulance in Cairo that carted us off to the quarantine camp was an old van filled with rubble and driven by an ancient, toothless man in a galabiya baladi. This looks like Star Trek medicine compared to that.

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