Akwa Ibom Establish N500 Million Ambulance Services To Boost Healthcare Delivery

Dr. Dominic Ukpong-OnoBello

AkwaIbom State Government says it is planning to establish functional ambulance services, estimated to cost about N500 million in order to boost healthcare delivery in the state.

According to reports by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN),Dr. Dominic Ukpong, the State Commissioner of Health, who addressed journalists on Saturday in Uyo, said that the envisaged services would be part of government’s emergency medical programme.

Ukpong said that the ambulance services would likely take-off as pilot projects in 20 out of the 31 local government areas of the state.

“Many things have gone wrong, the primary healthcare is almost extinct, the secondary health system is bad. The state has no money to revamp all the comprehensive health centres or cottage hospitals now.

“So we want to establish the emergency medical services, where people can call and the ambulance will come to carry them to see doctors,” Ukpong said.

“I have visited some hospitals at nights, some have no lights, some hospitals have no bedding, no security at nights. Many people go to the hospitals and do not see the doctors or nurses and there are no drugs.

“Some medical personnel are hostile to patients, and so many citizens turned their back on the health system, they prefer churches and traditional herbal treatment,” Ukpong said.

The commissioner disclosed that efforts were being made to pay all entitlements of the health workers to boost their morale and ensure effective healthcare delivery.






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