By Kazeem Akande
Lagos – The Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) has lauded the “None Should Die” programme, launched by Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) to ensure many critically injured accident victims received early phase emergency care.
The Director LASAMBUS, Mr Kola Korolo, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), saying that such emergency care would curb the number of deaths recorded on the roads as result of accidents.
Korolo said that hospital care would resuscitate and bring stabilisation to accident victims before the arrival of their family members.
“The HEI programme is quite commendable, we have 25 ambulance points in Lagos State, what we do is purely emergency.
“And seven out of 10 people we pick are indigent persons, for HEI to give succour to accident victims in an emergency is a noble gesture and our relationship with the organisation has been fruitful in saving lives,’’ he said.
Mr Paschal Achunine, the HEI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), had said during the lunch of the scheme that the organisation was focusing on how no victims would die as result of lack of medical care.
Achunine said that the programme would ensure none died as a result of road accidents due to quick emergency response by the organisation.
“The organisation stands in the gap for the indigent and vulnerable in the society to ensure they access basic medical care.
“The HEI None Should Die programme will ensure prompt treatment of accident victims to stabilise them before the family members arrive.
“Many victims have died because of N5,000 treatment or less, our organisation stands for emergency treatment to avoid death as result of money,’’ he said.
The NGO chief said that over 300 indigent patients and accidents victims had benefited, while over 80 vulnerable children and women had also received succour from HEI intervention.
He appealed to the public and corporate organisations to contribute toward the progress of the initiatives to prevent many people from untimely deaths as a result of road accidents.
“HEI is funded from contributions of members and the generosity of the public who make periodic, quarterly and monthly donations to the organisation.
“You can make a financial donation no matter how small, the life you are saving today may be yours tomorrow,” he said.
Achunine also appealed to motorists to drive safely during the Ember months and shun reckless and dangerous driving to avoid accidents.
NAN reports that HEI on Oct. 6, organised a Walk in Ikeja to create awareness among the public on None Should Die programme for accident victims.