By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA â€” THE Niger State government has taken delivery of five ambulances equipped with oxygen concentration machines and other life saving facilities to be used in the accident flash points in the state.
Each of the ambulances which were commissioned by the state governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, cost N7.2 million.
In his speech at the handing over of the ambulances to the sate Ministry of Health, Gov. Aliyu said with the delivery of the first batch, five more were expected by the end of July this year while the final batch of five was expected to be delivered by December this year.
He said apart from being stationed at the accident flash points, the ambulances would also be taken to rural community markets during market days to provide medical services to the people.
Besides the delivered ambulances, the governor also directed the state Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, Office to procure 50 new ambulances valued at N3.5 billion to carry medical services to the door steps of the rural dwellers.
When delivered, each of the 25 local government areas will be given two to provide health care delivery services to their people.
According to him, â€œthe rural dwellers are our next target and we will surely take care of their needs medically.â€
Gov. Aliyu promised that his administration would continue to partner with the MDGs in critical areas of development of the state, adding that priority will be given to health, education, water and agricultural sectors.
Director-General of MDGs in the state, Alhaji Alhassan Nuhu, gave the accident flash points in the state where the ambulances will operate as Minna, Kontagora, Mokwa, Suleja and Kagara.
Already, some officials of the state Ministry of Health have been trained on how to effectively handle the modern facilities in the ambulances.