In Ogun Government moves to provide free treatment to accident victims

The bill would create a platform for funding of first aid treatment for accident victims by both private and public hospitals.

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Mr Suraj Adekunbi, the Speaker of Ogun House of Assembly, says accident victims within the state will soon  enjoy free medical care  when the bill seeking to provide fund for road accident  victims is passed into law.

Adekunbi said this on Tuesday at a stakeholders forum on a bill for a law to provide fund for road accident victims emergency treatment through the purchase of “Road Accident Emergency Fund” emblem by all vehicles plying the state.

The speaker, represented by his Deputy, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, explained that the bill would create a platform for funding of first aid treatment for accident victims by both private and public hospitals.

“This bill needs urgent attention especially when we look at the alarming number of vehicular accident casualties resulting from lack of proper medical attention."

“It has been observed that when accidents occur and victims are rushed to the nearest hospital, the first hindrance  usually encountered is the inability of victim to pay or deposit money before being given medical attention."

“The House has come up with this bill to provide the required funding for effective and efficient first aid rescue and treatment to the victims of accidents,” Adekunbi said.

He promised that all the inputs  of the stakeholders would be put into consideration before the bill is finally passed.

Dr Hassan Adelakun, the Director, Ogun State Ambulance Service, said that the bill was laudable, saying that other states would copy the idea.

Mr Olaseni Ogunyemi, the Corp Commander, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), said that the bill would give succour to victims of road traffic accidents.

Ogunyemi said that the scheme was  ambitious  and would complement the efforts of traffic managers in the state.

He suggested that there should be a comprehensive register  of hospitals with their locations, saying that  this would assist in  conveying  accident victims to the nearest hospital.

Mr Yinka Fashina, the State Chairman, Red Cross Society of Nigeria, commended the sponsors of the bill, saying  that it should also include measures  to ensure safety on the highways.

Fashina said training should be given  to all road users,  especially commercial drivers and passengers.

Present at the stakeholders’ forum were members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, representatives of truck owners and members of National Union of Road Transport Workers. 

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