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Lagos boosts emergency services with 5 new ambulances

By CHIOMA OBINNA

FIVE brand new ambulances have been added to the fleet of ambulances owned by the  Lagos State Government. The vehicles,  valued at  N30 million each were commissioned at  the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, as part of efforts to further reduce morbidity and mortality in the state.

Commissioning the ambulances which have brought the number of functioning ambulances to 30, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris  said the procurement became necessary following the sharp rise in incidences of road traffic and domestic accidents across the world including Lagos.

The vehicles are meant to forestall loss of  lives of victims of road traffic and domestic accidents by being available to promptly conveying them to nearby hospitals when the need arises.

“We are recording high mortality and morbidity rate on our roads and in our homes, fire incidences, collapsed buildings and so on. This is the reason why the state government is putting emphasis on emergency care so as to reduce the rate of mortality and morbidity in our state.”

Further, Idris said: “We have one of the best ambulance services in the country but we still have a long way to go and we want to do more.”

One of the ambulances is to  be dedicated to the Rapid Response Squad who would accompany paramedics to an accident site to provide security.

Meanwhile, the state  government plans to expand  provision of ambulances to other hospitals to improve the emergency services across the state.

Each ambulance is  equipped to handle  medical emergencies including; cardiac related problems, burns among others. On board are burns kits, defibrillators, ventilators and emergency boxes.

Idris also remarked that the state government plans to invest in training of personnel and restructure emergency units in the state hospitals.

Already, moves are on to  partner with some private establishments who had signified interest in training paramedics for the purpose of the service.

In a statement, the Commander, Rapid Response Squad, RRS, Mr Hakeem Odumosu pledged that the squad would continue to work with the Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, to provide an enabling environment for the paramedics to do their job.


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