Kogi SDGs Distributes Another Set Of Ambulances To Six LGA General Hospitals
Intensifying the state government’s effort to meet the healthcare need of the people of the state, the Sustainable Development Goals has procured another set of referral vehicles and handed over to the beneficial hospitals in the state.
The ambulances which are equipped with the state of the art facilities are to assist patients in trauma and emergency conditions and to contribute to overall improvement of the health sector.
The Special Adviser to the governor of Kogi State on SDGs, Arc Abdulmumeen Ahmed Okara while handing over the ambulances to the beneficial hospitals said ”The distribution of ambulances to our hospital is an initiative of His Excellency, Alh Yahaya Bello to improve the overall healthcare delivery system in KOGI state.The primary role of ambulance service is emergency pre-hospital medical care, although they generally provide both emergency response and patient transfer on behalf of the health sector. In the past and even today, many patients especially those with emergency cases die before getting to the hospital due to lack of referral vehicles. Ambulances provide easy access to health services, particularly out of hours, and contribute significantly to improve healthcare delivery”.
“In recent times it has become apparent that increasing health system pressures cannot be resolved only by adding resources, but must also be addressed with new methods of service delivery. These ambulances SDGs has procured have the capacity of giving first aid treatment to patients while on their way to the hospital because the ambulance service is ideally placed to be part of the first line in the continuum of health care, and can significantly contribute to ‘treat and transfer’ or ‘treat and leave’ programs. When we took a tour on SDGs facilities in 2016, we discovered almost all the General hospitals across the 21 Local Government Areas has no functional referral vehicle and when we submitted our report to His Excellency, he immediately ordered for its procurement. We have delivered six (6) of the referral vehicles to LGAs and we are giving out additional five to other LGAs today while we await the delivery of others in a shortest period of time”.
“We advised the beneficiaries to make use of these vehicles judiciously with a serious warning that they are not to be used for commercial purposes but to be used for increasing efficiency, and to influence the outcome of ‘health’ initiatives”.
Speaking also, the state’s commissioner for health Dr Saka Haruna said the choice of his Excellency Alh Yahaya Bellow, the governor of kogi state in appointing his aides was a wise one while noting that SDGs under the leadership of Arc Okara has been carrying out laudable projects in health and other sectors across the state.
While commissioning the Ambulances, the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba charged the beneficial hospitals to take proper maintenance of the vehicles for maximum utilisation.
According to the Special Adviser to the governor on SDGs, Arc Abdulmumeen Okara, the SDGs has procured twelve (12) referral vehicles for twelve local government areas of the state while assuring that the SDGs is taking the delivery of additional nine ambulances for the remaining LGAs of the state.
The beneficial local government areas are Ofu, Lokoja, Ibaji, Yagba East, Yagba West, Okene, Bassa, Ijumu, Adavi, Olamaboro, Kabba/Bunu and General Hospital, Okengwe