Kwara Gov presents 16 ambulances purchased by LGAs for PHCs

  • Says govt committed to improved healthcare delivery

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has presented 16 Toyota ambulances for the use of primary healthcare facilities across the State to strengthen the health emergency response system at the grassroots.

The ambulances, it was gathered, were purchased by the 16 local government authorities to be stationed in their respective primary health care centres.

Presenting the ambulances on behalf of the local councils, the Governor said it is part of the efforts of his administration to fortify the healthcare system in the rural communities.

“This is the initiative of the local government areas. It is their money. It is basically to support the health services, especially the primary healthcare centres,” he said.

“For now, this is placing one ambulance per local government to move patients from basic healthcare centres to secondary or tertiary health facilities in a way to fortify the healthcare system. Of course, there are a few others with ambulances that our administration had donated to them in the past.”

On his part, the Chairman of the
Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Kwara State branch, Hon Jide Ashonibare, described the intervention as a laudable effort aimed at improving the healthcare services across the 16 local government areas.

“Just like the Executive Governor of the State has said, in most of our health clinics in all the local governments there aren’t vehicles that can be used in case of wanting to carry patients during an emergency to where proper medical treatment can be given to them. But with this now, the challenge is over, and it can get better. It is a laudable programme that will help all the LGs, especially our people in the remote areas”, Ashonibare said.

“A situation whereby it will be difficult carrying patients from one place to another will no longer be there. We appreciate the Governor for his leadership and good example.”

Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Ahmed el-Imam, said the development aligns with the objective of the administration to bring quality healthcare services to the doorsteps of all Kwarans, irrespective of their financial status.

“The objective of the state government is to achieve universal health coverage for people of the state, regardless of their position on the socio-economic ladder. The presence of one functional standard ambulance in every local government of Kwara state is no mean feat, while more will definitely be done to strengthen healthcare delivery”, she said.

“We can rest assured now that the people in the hardest reached areas which are typically the least fortunate among us now have almost the same access as people living in the capital city as long as we know that there are ambulances that can transfer them immediately if there are medical emergencies.

“Why this is particularly dear to my heart is because His Excellency the Governor of Kwara State has undertaken and is still undertaking a massive statewide renovation of facilities. We are working assiduously to improve the quantity and quality of manpower in our facilities, and this (by the local governments) is just again to complement the existing structure that he had put in place and the ongoing activities that we have in the health sector.”


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