FG to launch medical emergency programme

As part of effort to provide good healthcare to every Nigerian, the federal government is set to launch National Emergency Medical Service and Ambulance System Programme, the National Programme Manager Dr Sa’idu Ahmed has disclosed

Dr Sa’idu who disclosed this in Sokoto while speaking with Journalists shortly after meeting with the Sokoto state commissioner of Health, Hajiya Asabe Balarabe, said the programme was designed to address maternal mortality issues and ensure that no Nigerian dies due to lack of funds for emergency medical services.

He said that the program was tasked with the responsibility of organising emergency medical services and pre-hospital and emergency care services in Nigeria.

“Previously, we imposed conditions on our initiatives, but the government has now adopted a new strategy to improve poor health indices.

“We have seen an increase in maternal mortality rates despite vertical and horizontal investments from both the government and donor partners.

“This prompted the government to establish NEMSAS to bring about the necessary change,” he said.

Dr. Sa’idu added that the service needs to be well-coordinated to remain sustainable and effectively address the country’s poor health indices.

“Currently, seven to eight states in the country have been on boarded, with some fully operational and others in pilot phases.

“Sokoto State has shown commitment, and we are here to initiate the pilot operation, which will last for six months before full implementation,” he explained.

He further disclosed that the system will cover emergency cases from home to hospital and pay all patient bills for up to 48 hours.

Dr Sa’idu assured that the program was also designed to save lives, particularly benefiting the poor and vulnerable who cannot afford medical services.

Speaking on the Sokoto state governor’s efforts on healthcare delivery, Dr Sa’idu commended governor Ahmed Aliyu’s commitment in ensuring a robust healthcare system in the state.

Responding, the Sokoto state commissioner of health, Hajiya Asabe Balarabe, applauded the federal government’s dedication in meeting the societal needs, particularly for the less privileged.

Hajiya Asabe, however assured the state’s full cooperation and support for the programme’s success.