A Consultant Physician, Dr Emmanuel Akpa
has called for comprehensive Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in the country to help people during emergency medical situations.
He made the call in an interview with the press in Abuja.
He urged Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to convince Federal Government on the need to start comprehensive EMS for the country.
He explained that “EMS is ambulance services or paramedic services for
the treatment of illnesses and injuries that require urgent medical response, providing out-of-hospital treatment and transport to definitive care.”
Akpa said that EMS like other components of the country’s healthcare system, was patchy and fragmented in both the public and private sectors.
He added that consequently, our citizens generally suffer preventable morbidity and mortality, we cannot afford the EMS model of Europe and North America.
“We should draw from experiences in a few low income countries to show that effective hospital care is possible and can be the beginning of a nationwide EMS system.”
The consultant noted that health indices in the country remained abysmally poor because a lot were expected from government at all levels to view the
health of citizens as serious business.
He stated that more funds was needed to change obsolete equipment in public health institutions.