The Federal government has finalised plans to unveil an emergency medical service and ambulance system to provide prompt and efficient emergency medical service to the people, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said on Tuesday.
Ehanire said this at a media parley on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent and elderly health plus nutrition multi-stakeholder partnership coordination platform in Abuja.
He said an efficient emergency medical treatment service could reduce mortality by nearly 50 per cent by reducing delays in physical and financial access especially at night.
His presentation was titled, ‘Effective partnership with media sector in improving health and well-being of women, children, adolescent and the elderly.’
Ehanire said, “Elimination of delays in access to healthcare can indeed reduce the high mortality rates. The Federal Government is poised to unveil the National Emergency Medical Service and Ambulance System to provide prompt and efficient emergency Medical Service to the people.
“It will involve prompt response to medical distress calls of all types with first responders, transfer to facilities, assured first aid at point of care at no immediate user cost.
“There is need to strengthen engagement with media institutions and improve strategic communication tools, working with various media platforms to drive social and behaviour change communication and influence attitudes towards reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent and elderly health plus nutrition.”
The Minister added that the media must play its role in social cohesion and in reshaping norms, to become the change agent for positive health-seeking behaviour.