By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Federal Road Safety Corps has approved the release of five basic life support ambulances alongside teams of medical personnel of the Corps and now fewer than thirty active Close User Group lines, to the Presidential Task Force on coronavirus as part of the agency contribution to the nation’s fight against the deadly virus.
It explained that the need to facilitate the prompt evacuation of coronavirus victims from the point of identification to isolation centers for proper treatment had necessitated the gesture and that the team will augment the existing manpower in ensuring enhanced response to the global pandemic.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said the release of medical team and ambulances was to solidify the Corps commitments to fight against the pandemic within Nigeria’s border, adding that the agency will stop at nothing in offering the services of both personnel and its operational tools to support the Presidential Task Force in its measures to gain control against the dreaded unseen enemy.
Boboye, through a statement released to newsmen on Wednesday by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said the adequate preparation had been made to ensure that the personnel detailed on for the assignment are fully catered for with personal protective equipment, accommodation, and general welfare to ensure top-notch service delivery.
According to him, the medical team will be trained on necessary procedures of the evacuation of coronavirus patients, adding that their personal safety will not be jeopardized as the agency places a premium on the lives and safety of its personnel.
“The detailed FRSC health workers will be first subjected to intense training on personal protection, handling of victims, and decontamination of the vehicle among others. They are to work for two weeks, after which they will be subjected to two weeks’ isolation by the PTF in designated centers and certified negative before they can be allowed to reunite with their families and report back to duty,” the statement said.
Boboye revealed that the approval for the release of the medical team and ambulances came on the heels of the request which was presented to the Corps by the Country Director, United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety and Traffic Injury Prevention in Nigeria and the Coordinator, Ambulance and Emergency Response Unit of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sydney Ibeanusi on Friday at the National Headquarters of the Commission,
He noted that in presenting the request on behalf of the PTF, Dr. Sydney said the ambulances and medical team was to augment the PTF team in the area of emergency response services in a bid to enhance established collective efforts geared towards combating the dreaded virus.
“The need to activate the ambulance service system has become grossly consequential at this time that records have shown a consistent rise in the number of infected persons in the country which is already less than two dozens away from a thousand cases,” the statement quoted Dr. Sydney to have said.