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Road accidents: Implement Emergency Ambulance services, group tells FG

The Federal Government has been called upon to, as a matter of urgency, begin the full implementation of the Emergency Ambulance Services component of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
This is to reduce to the barest minimum the rate of deaths associated with accidents on Nigerian roads.
The President, Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ), Hassan Zaggi, made the call when he led a delegation of members of the association on a condolence visit to the President and management of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), over the death of their Secretary General, Comrade Silas Adamu, his wife and daughter.
The trio, it would be recalled, died in a ghastly motor accident along Abuja-Kaduna highway, recently.
“The Association of Nigeria Health Journalists, therefore, call on the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, begin the implementation of the Emergency Ambulance services on all our major highways in the country as provided for in the BHCPF.
“This, we believe, will save the lives of hundreds of Nigerians who are accident victims on our highways from untimely deaths,” the ANHEJ President stressed.
The visit, according to Zaggi, was to identify with the MHWUN, over the demise of its Secretary General, Late Comrade (Dr.) Silas Adamu, whom, he described as very humble, humane, hardworking, calm, intelligent, friendly and a detrabalised Nigerian.
“Association started working closely with the late Comrade Silas Adamu since 2008 when he was the Organizing Secretary of MHWUN and an active member of JOHESU.
“In our interactions with him over the years, we found the Late Comrade Adamu to be blessed with the gift of proffering solution to challenges as they come up as his contributions to issues raised were always brilliant.
“To tell you how deep and close our relationship was with the late Comrade Silas Adamu, he personally sponsored the TV category of the award our Association gave to members who wrote the best human interest stories in 2020 during our Annual Conference last year,” the ANHEJ President explained. 
He, therefore, called for a renewed and sustained relationship between the MHWUN and ANHEJ, noting that: “Working closely with us, we believe, will serve Nigerians better as far as understanding what you do as health professionals is concerned.
 “As usual, we are in a better position to understand, intervene and support the union to resolve all issues for harmony in the health sector and for better health care for all Nigerians.”
Responding, the President, MHWUN, Josiah Biobelemoye, commended ANHEJ for the visit, vowing to sustain the relationship the two groups have had over the years.
Represented by the Legal Adviser of the MHWUN, Barr. Anthony Oghiagbon, Biobelemoye said the union was helpless following the death of Comrade Adamu.
“We are helpless in this situation. If we had the power, if it was money, like the Yorubas will say ‘death does not accept cola nut’ if not, the Alafin of Oyo who was in control of cola nut in the world, he couldn’t have died. When death comes, there is no escape.
“In fact, we are in a 90-day mourning of the death of the SG that is why most of our activities are low-keyed.
“We are just operating so that we do not crumple the system but it is with heavy hearts that we are operating.”

Written by ExpressDay


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