The Ogun State Government has said that the introduction of tricycle ambulances in the state is to tackle the threat of maternal and infant mortality in rural areas.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, on Sunday.
According to the statement, the tricycle ambulances were officially introduced in February 2022 after the state government purchased 50 tricycles, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals donated 30 more, and 10 more tricycles for a total of 90—were donated by private donors.
He also stated that the government established an Emergency Medical Treatment Committee to ensure the quickest possible collaborative response to trauma and medical emergencies.
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Part of the statement read, “The committee consists of stakeholders drawn from various relevant government agencies and professional bodies including traffic, security agencies, health, media and emergency management.
“We have ensured that activation of a state-wide 3-digit 7-7-7 toll free emergency number, to notify the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) of any unforeseen situation coupled with the integration of the national emergency number 112 in Ogun State.
” The government has integrated paramedics into the state’s emergency medical team to provide emergency care to victims at the scene of incident and on-route to the receiving facility/ hospital.
“We have incorporated the police, fire service, other paramilitary agencies, and volunteer international organisations into the EMS accordingly.”