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  • Updated: May 28, 2024

Sokoto: FG to begin emergency medical services programme

Sokoto: FG to begin emergency medical services programme

The federal government announced on Monday its readiness to launch the National Emergency Medical Service and Ambulance System, NEMSAS, program in Sokoto State.

Dr. Sa’idu Ahmed, the NEMSAS national program manager, made this announcement while speaking to journalists after a meeting with the state commissioner for health and other officials.

Ahmed explained that the program aims to tackle maternal mortality issues and ensure that no Nigerian dies due to a lack of funds for emergency medical services.

He emphasized that NEMSAS is a government organization responsible for coordinating emergency medical services, including pre-hospital and emergency care, across Nigeria.

“Previously, we imposed conditions on our initiatives, but the government has now adopted a new strategy to improve poor health indices.

“We have seen an increase in maternal mortality rates despite vertical and horizontal investments from both the government and donor partners.

“This prompted the government to establish NEMSAS to bring about the necessary change,” he said.

Ahmed emphasised that the service needed to be well-coordinated to remain sustainable and effectively address the country’s poor health indices.

“Currently, seven to eight states in the country have been on-boarded, with some fully operational and others in pilot phases.

“Sokoto State has shown commitment, and we are here to initiate the pilot operation, which will last for six months before full implementation,” Ahmed explained.

He further disclosed that the system would cover emergency cases from homes to hospitals and pay all the patients’ bills for up to 48 hours.

Ahmed assured that the programme was designed to save lives, particularly benefiting the poor and vulnerables who cannot afford medical services.

He also appreciated Gov. Ahmed Aliyu’s commitment to ensuring a robust healthcare system in the state.

In her remarks, Asabe Balarabe, the commissioner for health, praised the federal government’s dedication to meeting societal needs, particularly for the less-privileged.

She promised the state’s full cooperation and support to ensure the success of the programmes.

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