Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the ministry has trained 120 health personnel for deployment to man the emergency health facilities provided along Kaduna-Abuja Road ahead of the take-off of the flight diversion from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Kaduna International Airport.
The Minister who paid a courtesy visit on Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Saturday said, the essence of the training was to prepare the emergency health centres and give confidence to the road users, in case of any emergency situation.
He however solicited the state government’s support to refurbish the Doka General Hospital and other primary health care centres along the road as first responders to emergency cases.
According to him, “We have observed that blood transfusion centre has been down due to lack of power. We therefore need assistance of the state government to put up generator to provide 24 hours power supply, consumables for primary healthcare centres to take care of fractures, wounds and fuel where there is no fuel.
“We are seeing this as pilot project. We want it to continue, to give emergency response to Nigerian road users, even after the relocation of the international airport back to Abuja. We want to give, fast, competent and physical response to road users in need of it along major roads, such Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Lokoja, Abuja-Lafia, Lagos-Ibadan and others”, he said.
The Minister also disclosed that, the ministry of health in collaboration with other stakeholders is providing 11 ambulances, which will be operational along the highway.
He said that, his ministry had made adequate arrangements with FRSC, NEMA, Ministry of Defence, Police, Federal Fire Service and other relevant agencies for referral cases and to ensure safety of lives.
Governor El-Rufai in his response, assured the Minister of the state government’s support, noting that, the Doka General Hospital has been earmarked for upgrade as a trauma centre.
The Governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Muhammad Bashir Saidu said the state government has constructed a parameter fencing around the airport.
“We took effort of repairing the Nnamdi Azikwe Express Way by-pass with street lights. We have rehabilitated the Rigachikun Road to the airport and built a 5.1 kilometre road from the railway terminus to the airport.
“The Doka General Hospital has been made a trauma centre. The hospital is currently undergoing reconstruction, to be ready for any eventuality. All the requests will be treated with dispatch and the facilities will be ready in seven days”, he assured.