The National Emergency Management Agency on Monday in Abuja inaugurated its first ambulance bay for prompt response during emergencies.
NEMA’s Director General Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi said the inauguration was in line with the organisation’s statutory role of coordinating disaster management in the country.
“Emergency medical response is a pillar in today’s medical practice, efficient ambulance service is key to ensuring adequate medical response.
“The casualties require prompt care at the scene before being taken to the hospital or health care facility where he or she will receive adequate medical care,’’ he said.f the ambulance bay on the airport road would be extended to other parts of the FCT and NEMA’s zonal offices.
He said the ambulance bay was to address the constraints hindering the optimal operation of the NEMA Medical Intensive Care Unit ambulances in its headquarters and zonal offices.
The DG said the emergency response bays were fully equipped with MICU for life support, treatment and conveyance of people to hospital as well as emergency response vehicle for search and rescue.
According to him, the system is designed in collaboration with the FCT Authority and AVANT GARDE, the contractor handling the project.
In a goodwill message, Rep Ifedayo Abegunde, the Chairman, House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, commended NEMA for the efforts it was making to manage disasters in the country.
He pledged his committee’s support for NEMA’s activities, especially in passing its 2014 budget.
The Representative of the Minister of State for FCT, Mr Ahmed Inuwa, described the provision of the emergency ambulance bay in the territory as a step in the right direction.
He said the installation of the ambulance bay on the airport road would go a long way in attending to victims of accidents on the Airport-Gwagwalada-Lokoja road.
It would be recalled that NEMA recently created an emergency call number “0800callnema or 080022556362’’ for emergency response.