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Deploy First Responders To Highways For Care During Emergencies – HOR

todayJuly 26, 2023 1

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The House has urged the Federal Government to train and deploy First Responders to all major highways in Nigeria to help stabilise victims of road accidents before handing them over to the nearest healthcare institution for further attention.

This is Sequel to the adoption of a motion titled.”Call for the Provision of First Responder Services to the Victims of Road Accidents on the Highways from a member from Oyo State, Olamijuwonlo Alao-Akala

Leading the debate Mr Alao-Akala explained that a first responder is a person with specialized training, who is amongst the first to arrive and provide assistance, pre-hospital care or incident resolution at the scene of an emergency to victims of an accident until they are handed over or delivered to a hospital.

The Lawmaker expressed Concerns that innocent lives and dreams have been cut short on Nigeria highways, mostly as a result of the absence of or slow medical response to road accident victims.

the house notes that first responders typically include law enforcement officers (in the instant case, commonly known as Federal Road Safety, Nigeria Police Force), paramedics, firefighters and emergency medical technicians;

The house is aware that in some jurisdictions, such as the United States of America emergency department personnel, such as doctors and nurses, are also required to respond to disasters and critical situations, designating them first responders”.

”the house recalls that one of the primary responsibilities of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is to make sure that Nigerian highways are safe for motorists and other road users;

“the house also recalls that Section 8(c) of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Act gives FERMA the responsibility of planning and managing the development and implementation of road safety standards;

He urged the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA)in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and other relevant Ministries to provide fully equipped medical ambulances at every 15km point on every major highway, and every 35km point on all minor highways in the country.

He also urged the Federal Government to provide a toll-free line dedicated to the use of highways.

Adopting the motion, the Speaker Tajudden Abbas, mandated the Committee on Federal Roads Maintenance and Health care services (when constituted) to ensure compliance.

Oduyemi Odumade, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Bukky Alabi

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