By: Muktar Yahaya Shehu
The Kano state government has reaffirmed it’s commitment towards supporting National Emergency Medical Services and Ambulance System (NEMASAS) for the safety of Kano state residents and the country at large.
The state commissioner for health Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa stated this during a stakeholders meeting organised by the NEMASAS in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) in Kano.
He said for over two decades, Kano state government was given optimal accident and emergency care as well as maternal emergency care optimum support .
Tsanyawa represented by the Director General state hospitals management board (HMB) Dr. Nasiru Alhassan Kabo said, Kano being one of the most populous state in the country witnessed influx of people from neighboring states on daily basis for medical services.
Remarking, the chairman National Emergency Treatment Committee Dr. Felix Ogedegbe said they were in Kano to fine tune modalities of perationalizing NEMASAS through providing emergency medical services for Nigerians.
He noted that the service means to fill the missing link for the provision of medical services for all Nigerians.
In a presentation, the NEMSAS’s program manager Dr. Sa’idu Ahmad Dunbulwa said the move is aimed at ensuring rolling out the program across the country, “that means this is the only way to change narratives of maternal mortality rate Nationwide.
Dunbulwa who doubled as secretary National Emergency medical Treatment Committee said the gathering which was attended by state commissioners of the federation, stakeholders from public sectors will discuss the plan that will Roll out national emergency medical ambulance.
“We have to fund 1% from the consolidated Revenue that is given to the health sector, 50% goes to national health insurance scheme, 45% to National Primary healthcare management Agency while 4% was given to us to ensure the service is done to vulnerable Nigerians” Dr. Dunbulwa added.
Other paper presenter Dr. Rashidatu Fouad Kamara from WHO focused on WHO’s activities for the establishment of emergency medical Treatment in Africa.