17 April 2013

Nigeria: NEMA Trains 70 NYSC Members, Workers On Emergency Response

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) began the training of 70 NYSC members and staff on the use of its Mobile Intensive Care Ambulances.

The Director-General of NEMA, Mohammad Sani-Sidi, said that the aim was to enable corps members and staff to respond to emergencies at all times.

Sidi, who was represented by NEMA's Director, Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, said the training was meant for NYSCY members and staff of the agency to build the capacity of its search and rescue team.

According to him, the training is aimed at reducing unnecessary deaths resulting from emergencies.

He said the training would also complement the efforts of the agency's personnel deployed to man ambulances.

The NEMA boss urged the participants to see their engagement in emergency response as a service to humanity and a call to save lives.

"You are being trained to be of help to people in times of emergencies or disasters and to help those who may require first aid in emergencies," he said.

Sani-Sidi said the agency has taken delivery of all 23 rescue ambulances approved by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Saying that, the ambulances have been deployed to strategic parts of the FCT and its zonal offices located in the six geo-political zones.

"The NYSC corps members and personnel of the agency will acquire training on how to respond to victims of accidents as soon as they occur."

"They get the first aid that should be given to victims before they get to the hospital," he said.

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