The University of Abuja, Gwagwalada, FCT, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with First Paramedic and Global Educational Services for quick response to accidents and emergency cases for students and workers in the University community.
The Vice-chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na-Alllah, while signing the MoU on Monday in the University, said it will serve as the first attendance to emergency and rescue service to accident victims before taken to hospitals.
According to him, it would deliver emergency medical care in a manner that is intended to improve safety for patients, as well as increase efficiency during accidents and emergency cases and provide better communication with hospital staff.
Na-Alllah said health was paramount in his administration, hence the service are meant to assist in attending to emergencies and critical health challenges of students and workers in the institution.
“They said health is wealth and there is no way you can have this population of students who come from all parts of Nigeria and workers who have dedicated so much without having quick intervention to emergency cases.
”What we intend to achieve is that whenever we have emergency cases, the patient will be attended to before taken to the hospital for proper treatment.
“It will provide first grade research and training centre in the institution to become efficient as first responders on short term Services to emergencies before hospital,” he said.
Professor Na’allah stressed that it was important to train Nigerians on how to provide world class rescue intervention and quick information on accident victims.
However, he noted that ambulances and the necessary equipments have been provided to properly train first and emergency responders to accident victims.
Meanwhile, Dr. Khadijat Musah, the Lead Consultant and Trainer of the Paramedic service, thanked the University for embracing the initiative, adding that it is a step in the right direction to help in addressing emergency issues in the university.
She said the service would go a long way to reducing mortality on accidents and emergency cases with quick response to save and add value to lives.
“Basically we are conscious of what is happening in our country and we see the response when it comes to accident in such that one minute or two is enough to save life.
“We are conscious of the fact that we want to reduce mortality and morbidity in the country, so we came up as a group to be impactull and first responders to accident scenes.
“We are also interested in training people to save lives and we have programmes that can advance peple to doing basic medical services to move the country forward,” she said.