Aregbesola Flags-Off Free Ambulance Service


In its bid to mitigate unnecessary loss of lives on the roads in and around the state, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) led-administration in Osun State has procured 19 ambulances equipped with modern gadgets to give first aid to victims of road accident and in transit to hospitals.
The governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who lamented the rising wave of carnage on some of the roads in many Nigerian states has claimed numerous promising lives, promised that government would procure more ambulances to cover all accident flash points in the state.
Aregbesola disclosed this at the flag-off ceremony of the Special Ambulance Services System and Emergency Response Team code named O-Ambulance.
He said the programme was another turning point in healthcare delivery in the state decrying lack of prompt response to emergencies like road traffic accidents, natural disasters, fire incidents and medical emergencies by health personnel noting that many victims of road traffic accidents and other disasters could have been saved if responses to accidents and emergencies had been prompt and health workers provided with the necessary tools to function efficiently and effectively.
“The health sector has suffered neglect by past administrations. As a responsive and responsible government, which first priority is the well being of the people, we cannot fold our hands and watch our people die unnecessarily through road traffic accidents and other emergencies.
“Our panacea to redress this ugly trend is the establishment of the Osun Special Ambulance Services System and Emergency Response Team (O-Ambulance) and improved healthcare services, which our administration has strived to provide since we came on board,” he said.
Ogbeni Aregbesola, revealed that some roads have been identified in the state as where fatal accidents frequently occur, which include: Ibadan-Ife-Ilesa-Owena Expressway, Ibadan-Iwo-Osogbo expressway and the Gbongan-Osogbo-Ikirun-Konta-Ijabe Expressway adding that the dualisation of the Ikirun-Konta-Ijabe Expressway was going on.
The Governor noted that strategic points have been identified along these roads where ambulance ports will be constructed and ambulance vehicles stationed.
He further stated that: ”The points for the Ibadan-Ilesa-Ijebu-Jesa Expressway are Ikire junction, Ilesa junction and Ijebu-Jesa/Owena axis. For the Osogbo-Ikirun-Ijabe/Konta expressway, the ambulance points will be located at Sekona junction, State Secretariat junction and Konta/Ijabe axis.
“For the Iwo-Osogbo road, a unit will be set up on Iwo axis. These ambulance units will be manned by trained paramedics and qualified health personnel for efficient service delivery.”
According to him, there are also medical response teams in the nine state hospitals that will promptly respond to victims of road traffic accidents and other emergencies evacuated and brought to the hospitals by O-Ambulance teams.
The ambulances, he noted, are equipped with the state- of – the- art communication gadgets for use of the ambulance teams and of the medical rapid response teams for effective communication while members of the public would be provided with special numbers so that they can link and access the services of the ambulances and medical rapid response teams quickly and free of charge.
Besides, he said the nine state hospitals earmarked for this scheme have been upgraded with the purchase of medical equipment worth N19 million, while the training of health personnel and paramedics was ongoing.
The governor thereafter test-drove one of the ambulances to the admiration of the crowd.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Temitope Ilori, told the gathering that in addition to the ambulances, tenTrauma Centres are ready for commissioning, appealing to health workers in the state to volunteer to work in those Trauma Centres.
“This administration is working hard to ensure abundant lives for the people. Health is cardinal to this and these initiatives are some of those the government has pursued with doggedness.”

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