The State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Udom Emmanuel has given an approval for the establishment of Akwa Ibom State Emergency Medical Service to cater for traumatic cases.
The Emergency Medical Service is to be accompanied with ambulances and Closed Circuit Television, CCTV Cameras mounted at strategic locations and connected to a Nerves Center built in Uyo for 24 hours monitoring of trauma cases for urgent medical care.
The trained personnel at the Nerves Center, after identifying a traumatic situation such as; accident scenes, drowning, fall from high and kerosene explosion among others, will send signals to quick response group, ambulance or team for immediate help.
According to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong who announced this to Government House Correspondents at the Governor’s Office, Uyo shortly after the State Executive Council meeting, the planned Emergency Medical Service will be working in collaboration with other segments of emergency response outfits like the Fire Service and the Nigeria Police.
Dr Ukpong noted that in Nigeria, including Akwa Ibom State, about fifty percent of the people involved in trauma die due to lack of immediate medical attention.
He further explained the workings of the envisaged medical service and stated that though it was expensive to establish, Governor Emmanuel has resolved to get it established in order to save lives.
Part of the programme involves the training of personnel on basic resuscitation measures before victims are moved to major health facilities for adequate medical attention.
The Emergency Medical Service, according to the Commissioner, is to purchase ambulances and set up models of the service in ten places at the initial stage.