UNIABUJA, first paramedics to open Emergency Medicine Centre
The management of University of Abuja (UniAbuja) has signed a memorandum of understanding with First Paramedic and Global Educational Services to establish a centre for Paramedic and Emergency Medicine.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, speaking in Abuja yesterday during the signing, said emergency medicine has remained an area in which there is a major gap in Nigeria.
“If you go to hospital, you find emergency units but that is not the issue, I am talking about accidents all over Nigeria. Who are the people that rescue people and give that first aid attention and who are the people that ensure that people that do not need to die do not die?” he asked.
Prof. Na’Allah said with their partners, through the centre of Paramedic and Emergency Medicine, they would start the first respondent kind of tradition that will focus on first aid research, first aid world-class services, training of individuals on world-class intervention and how to establish information to help to invite those who will be rescued.
“What we seek today as a university is to collaborate with private investors and private businesses so that we can provide services that will ensure this kind of situation is rescued and that Nigeria is rescued,” he said.
He further said: “Today in Nigeria, when people have accidents they will, unfortunately, use vehicles that have no first aid to convey them to hospital and by the time they reach the place they are contaminated and get further infections and many even die before getting to the hospital.”
He said they would have ambulances that are fully equipped, train people all over Nigeria that can be called instantly through a dedicated number and they would respond.
He assured that they would become efficient as they take off, saying, “yes there will be money raised as a result but that is not the principal reason, the principal reason is the need to serve and for the university to take its responsibility of impacting the nation seriously.”
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