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Obaseki Launches Groundbreaking Emergency Medical Services

Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting

Edo State, Nigeria


In a significant move to enhance emergency response, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has inaugurated the first phase of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program. This initiative introduces toll-free numbers, 112 and 739, directly linked to the Solomon Arase Command and Control Centre.

The aim is to facilitate residents’ access to medical services within an impressive ten-minute timeframe.

The initial phase of the program, covering Oredo, Egor, and select areas of the State, is set to be executed with the training of 200 Community-Based First Responders (CBFR) within the next week.

Obaseki Launches Groundbreaking Emergency Medical Services

Addressing the CBFRs at the John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Academy (JOOPSA), Governor Godwin Obaseki praised the EMS initiative as one of the most innovative services introduced into Nigeria’s healthcare system.

He outlined the comprehensive nature of the Edo EMS, emphasizing the necessity of an integrated system. The Governor highlighted the crucial components, including a network of well-trained responders, communication devices, a functional command and control center, and a sustainable payment system. Obaseki stressed the historic success of Edo State in cracking the code for sustaining emergency response.

Governor Obaseki stated, “I am here to be trained as an emergency responder. We must care for our people and care for each other. We have partners ready to collaborate with us as they are truly committed to providing emergency services for our people.”

Acknowledging the groundwork laid in the past six years, he attributed the success of the service to meticulous planning. The Governor emphasized that healthcare extends beyond hospitals, highlighting the need for a comprehensive system that caters to the well-being of the people.

Obaseki reflected on the inception of the Health Improvement Plan for Edo State and commended the partnership with the CMD of UBTH. He emphasized the importance of decentralizing healthcare, focusing on making the primary healthcare system effective.

Addressing the State’s Health Insurance Scheme, the Governor proudly stated, “Our health insurance scheme is one of the best run in Nigeria.” He reported over 200,000 enrollees, praising their diligence in paying premiums.

In closing remarks, Governor Obaseki commended the CBFRs as critical factors in the emergency response network. He expressed gratitude for their voluntary commitment to training and ensuring the success of the EMS program, assuring them of continued encouragement and support.

The launch of Edo EMS marks a pivotal moment in the healthcare landscape of Edo State, setting a new standard for efficient emergency medical services in Nigeria.

I'm Israel, a creative writer, poet, photographer, videographer and news correspondent.


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