The ambulance will be operated by women, for women
24 July 2018| Last updated on 24 July 2018
An all-female ambulance service has been launched in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia by a group of female Saudi doctors.
This comes after the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia was lifted by a royal decree in the Kingdom on June 24th, 2018.
Female doctors from the governmental hospital in Khobar started the service in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia. Dr Amal Al-Sulaibekh, one of the team members, told reporters that this idea was to channel their humanitarian efforts. This, in turn, helps to keep the cultural context of Saudi Arabia intact.
Female staff who are on duty will respond to distress calls and transfer female patients to hospitals upon injury or if they go into labour. This community service will give women more privacy if they find themselves in an emergency situation.
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According to Dr Al-Sulaibekh, working in emergency situations requires doctors to stay on call around the clock. This service is currently only available in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom.