11 August 2009

Nigeria: FCT Gets 22 Ambulances For Accident Victims

Abuja — The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has despatched 22 ambulances in the Federal Capital Territory under its new Emergency Ambulance Service Scheme for post-crash management of victims of road accidents.

"These 18 single and 4 double carrier ambulances and 100 motorbikes were acquired to improve our response time and save lives," FRSC Corps Marshal Osita Chidoka said at the launching of the scheme in Abuja. The scheme is to render effective rescue service within 15 minutes of crash occurrence and reduce deaths through Road Traffic Crashes to about 50 per cent by the year 2015. The emergency numbers to call are 0700-2255-3772 and 0700-CALL-FRSC.

The essence of the scheme is to provide ambulances that could be immediately contacted in times of distress, for prompt and professional post crash management of road traffic crashes, before their transportation to the hospital.

Chidoka said 18 FRSC officials that would serve in the scheme have undergone intensive training in trauma management in the Trauma Centre of Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital Sokoto.

FRSC Board Chairman Lawan Gwadabe said the ambulances are going to be located in identified areas within the FCT. "They are well equipped with adequate medical items and well trained personnel that have linkages with the call centre at the National Headquarters, under the Closed User Group."

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