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FRSC partners groups on emergency response at accident scenes

By Cleopatra Eki
29 September 2022   |   3:38 am
As part of efforts to reduce road crash fatalities by 15 per cent, Lagos State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in partnership with Health Emergency Initiative (HEI)

As part of efforts to reduce road crash fatalities by 15 per cent, Lagos State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in partnership with Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) and Lay First Responders International Michigan, United States of America (USA), have trained 1,000 commercial transporters as lay first responders in Lagos State.

     
FRSC Corps Commander, Olusegun Ogungemide, disclosed this while addressing stakeholders, agencies and organisations at FRSC Hall, Ojodu, Lagos. 

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Stressing that the agency is responsible for creating a safer motoring environment, Ogungbemide acknowledged that the aim is to reduce fatalities from road crashes, currently the leading cause of youth casualties in Nigeria.
       
He said: “Our partner, Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) has been working with FRSC Lagos, for the past five years in the ‘None Should Die’ initiative, targeted at providing adequate post-crash care to road crash victims. 
     
“Since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the Command has enjoyed a good relationship with many General Hospitals across Lagos State.

“Lay First Responders International Michigan has also deemed it fit to support Nigerians, especially Lagosians to train commercial transporters and other road users as first responders.
   
“The training of 350 persons as a pilot scheme, took place at various commands across Lagos, including Ikeja, Lekki, Ikorodu, Costain, Ojodu, Apapa, Ojota among others.”
 
He appealed to people to alert the agency when there is any problem instead of going to social media to write wrong and negative reports about them.
   
Also, Executive Director Health Emergency Initiative (HEI), Paschal Achunine, said non-profit humanitarian organisations are driven by love to pay the hospital bills of indigent patients and provide other interventions for vulnerable people in public health institutions and communities. 
   
Achunine said HEI also gives timely support to patients who require emergency medical attention, especially post-crash care for accident victims as well as provides certified training to citizens on First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and crowd control.

 
According to him, the training is targeted at equipping participants with CPR and First Aid skills necessary to handle pre-hospital emergencies, thereby enhancing the chances of survival of road crash victims. 
   
He extolled the groups for their commitment to the sustainability of their operating environment.
   
Assistant Controller Lagos West division, Lagos State Transportation Management Authority (LASTMA), Jubril Adeyemi said road safety  is the collective responsibility of all and not the job of one person as emergencies can come up at any time.”
 
Adeyemi urged residents to report erring LASTMA officials, who allegedly cause road accidents with evidence, adding that drastic action will be taken against them.
   
Founder/President Ladies on wheel Association of Nigerian,  Abiola Nkechi Toluwani, said:,” Most persons are ignorant and find it difficult to help victims in an emergency situation that involve road accidents because hospital will ask for money for treatment, police reports and identity before admitting an accident victim. But today with this training, I can confidently work with these stakeholders and assist in accident duties because it is a collective responsibility.”