The federal government has urged healthcare stakeholders to work together to provide well-coordinated, effective, and efficient emergency medical services.
The FG made the remarks during a stakeholders’ conference in Kano State organized by the National Emergency Medical Service and Ambulance System and the National Emergency Medical Treatment Committee.
For the operationalization of NEMSAS, the Federal Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the private sector and other stakeholders.
The Federal Ministry of Health said in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, Ahmadu Chindaya, and made available to our correspondent that the stakeholders’ meeting was part of the ministry’s collective efforts to ensure the smooth launch of NEMSAS and the proposed national launch/roll out of the program by President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at a later date.
“So far, six states have expressed willingness and interest in launching the program in their respective states: Yobe, Kano, Rivers, Sokoto, Ekiti, and Anambra.”
“The two-day stakeholders meeting was sanctioned by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and was supported by the World Health Organization,” according to the statement.
The meeting was attended by the representative of the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Kano State, Nasir Kabo, who is also the Director-General, Kano State Hospital Management Board; Prof. Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos; and Dr. Suleiman Bello, Chairman, Committee of Medical Directors/Chief Medical Directors, Federal Tertiary Hospitals.
“During the meeting, Dr. Dambulwa, the National Programme Manager for NEMSAS, delivered the lead paper.”
“According to him, missing links exist at all levels of the Nigerian health sector’s tertiary, secondary, and primary levels in emergency health cases.” When an emergency arises, the missing links are always who transports the person to a local health institution and who pays the medical expense.
“When the NEMTC and NEMSAS are completely operationalized, not only will the missing link be filled, but health care delivery in Nigeria will become more inexpensive,” the report continued.