On Thursday, at a news conference held in Abuja, which was to commemorate World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims, the minister for health, Osagie Ehanire stated that the Emergency Management Policy had been adopted by the National Council on Health and same is awaiting final approval and implementation.
He reaffirms that the Federal Government is committed to establishing trauma centers in major hospitals across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
In the ceremony, which was themed ‘Vital Post-Crash Actions: Medical Care, Investigation and Justice’, Mr. Ehanire said that the trauma centers will be equipped with facilities and capabilities to provide advanced medical services to victims of road crashes.
He also claimed that, the group of persons who often encounter accidents which could result in death, injuries and disabilities are usually the ”economically viable segment of the society and usually the breadwinners of their families.
He urged people to cultivate good and responsible road behaviours, to the use of seat belts, limited speed, and avoidance of drinking before and while driving.
He also mentioned that, ‘crash scene investigations is an important part of road safety management, as it would help in establishing the cause of the crash and to prosecute and penalize offenders to serve as a lesson to others.
Written by Okolo Ezinne