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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Trauma confab: Lagos to increase emergency ambulances - ITREALMS

The Lagos State Government has advanced plans to increase the number of mobile emergency ambulances on its fleet from 15 to 23, reports ITREALMS.

The state commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed this in his address to the first-ever Trauma conference in Lagos on Tuesday by the Trauma Care International Foundation (TCIF).

Abayomi who lamented lack of maintenance of medical facilities said this increase in emergency ambulance fleet has become necessary because of increase in number of residents and need to close the gap of accessibility of this service by Lagosians.

This, he also noted will help in attending to those in need especially during accidents to have access to professional paramedics.

The increase in number of emergency ambulances would make it possible for general hospitals at all the local government areas in the state to reach this service at a very close short time, moreso during emergencies which could be traumatic for the patients.

He also decried lack of attention to professional flights, and called for enabling environment to enable medical and related practitioners thrive and offer their services adequately.

“Our health care providers don't feel valued,” he lamented, stressing the need to make efforts at neutralising every factor fueling this kind of feeling among health professionals in the country so as to retain them.

Welcoming participants, the chairperson TCIF, Dr. Deola Philips said the objective of the Trauma conference 2019 is to provide a platform for debate and stimulation of inter-disciplinary discussions in the fields of trauma care and emergency response management in the country.

Chairman of the occasion, and former Health Minister, Prince Juli Adelusi-Adeluyi commended the organisers, saying that at every appropriate time appropriate people take adequate steps to help build the society they live in.

Adelusi-Adeluyi also advised the foundation to always exhibit positive attitude and leverage on their already established good will as an international NGO that has made World Records with its activities.

He further called for grassroots driven education to increase awareness of the populace to assistance victims of Trauma rather than merely taking photos.

Chuks Egbuna/Editor

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