The Minister of health ,Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire says the Federal Government has already provided seed funds for Emergency Medical Treatment which is 5% of the Basic Health Care Provision Funds in response to medical emergencies which come under the fifth pillars.
Ehanire said this during THE ANNUAL ROAD SAFETY CONFERENCE AND FRSC/KRSD ESSAY COMPETITION AWARD held in Keffi.
According to the Minister,”the implementation of that program is in full gear with the setting of the Emergency Medical Treatment Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health”.
” The Accident and Emergency Department of various hospitals and health facilities in the country are also being upgraded to ensure quality care of victims of medical emergencies including victim of road crashes”.
He also disclosed that as the secretariat of the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety and Injury Prevention (UNDARSIP) Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has provided effective leadership by co-ordinating and promoting collaboration among various stakeholders relevant in road safety in Nigeria. Such leadership comes with commitment, cohesion, local and international linkages and collaborations with relevant agencies and organizations. As the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) commits to continue providing such leadership, it demands the support of all stakeholders and road users in the country to ensure safety on Nigerian roads. Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) have launched a document on National Policy on Emergency Medical Service in response to medical emergencies, which come under the fifth pillar.
The Minister emphasized that “efficient Emergency Medical Service for post crash response to victims of road crashes in every modern country therefore rests on the foundation of a robust and well managed health systems”, adding that” the best rescue and Medical Emergency Service you can render cannot be as good as having prevented the emergency in the first place”
The Minister called on all practitioners in emergency care to necessarily be safety officers too, saying that it is a strong proponents and partners of accident prevention measures.
“It is in this respect and to deal with the targets of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, that our Federal Road Safety Corps and other traffic management and enforcement agencies have a leading responsibility and role to develop and disseminate a much stronger Safety and Accident Protocol than we presently have. This organisation needs more powers for more effective traffic surveillance and regulation of road users and vehicle integrity, to be able to deliver on particularly the first, and other pillars of the Global plan”.
The theme for this years, 5th UN Global Road Safety Week is Leadership for Road Safety, acknowledges that stronger leadership is needed to advance road safety in countries and communities and to achieve related Sustainable Goals and other global targets.