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.