Kwara Governor Presents 16 Ambulances For PHCs 

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has presented 16 Toyota ambulances for the use of primary healthcare facilties across the state, effectively strengthening the health emergency response system at the grassroots.

The ambulances were purchased by the local government authorities, each to be stationed in the various primary health care centres.

Presenting the ambulances on behalf of the local council on Monday evening, the Governor said it is part of the efforts to fortify the healthcare system in the rural communities.

“This is the initiative of the local government areas. It is their money. It is basically to support the health services, especially the primary healthcare centres,” he said at a brief ceremony that was attended by the Chief of Staff Alhaji Abdulkadir Mahe; Commissioner for Health Dr. Aminat Ahmed el-Imam; Counsellor and Adviser to the Governor Alhaji Saadu Salau; Chairman for Association of Local Government of Nigeria, (ALGON) Kwara State branch, Hon Jide Ashonibare; and TIC Chairman for Baruten Local Government Hon. Abdulrasheed Lafia; among others.

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“For now, this is placing one ambulance per local government to move patients from basic healthcare centres to secondary or tertiary health facilities in a way to fortify the healthcare system. Of course, there are a few others with ambulances that our administration had donated to them in the past.”

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Ashonibare, for his part, described the intervention as laudable and one that will improve the healthcare services across the sixteen local government areas.

“Just like the Executive Governor of the state has said, in most of our health clinics in all the local governments there aren’t vehicles that can be used in case of wanting to carry patients during an emergency to where proper medical treatment can be given to them. But with this now, the challenge is over, and it can get better. It is a laudable programme that will help all the LGs, especially our people in the remote areas”, Ashonibare said.

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Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Ahmed el-Imam, said the development aligns with the objective of the administration to bring quality healthcare services to the doorsteps of all Kwarans, irrespective of their financial status.

“The objective of the state government is to achieve universal health coverage for people of the state, regardless of their position on the socio-economic ladder. The presence of one functional standard ambulance in every local government of Kwara state is no mean feat, while more will definitely be done to strengthen healthcare delivery”, she said.

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