Abuja – Ultimate Health Management Services (UHMS) on Monday sought partnership with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to provide emergency medical service to accident victims.
UHMS is an accredited Health Management Organisation (HMO) by the NHIS.
Mr Lekan Ewenla, Managing Director of the organisation, called for the collaboration during a courtesy visit to the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, in Abuja.
Ewenla expressed the desire of the organisation to facilitate the provision of quick and unfettered medical succour to accident victims on Nigerian roads.
According to him, UHMS wants road travellers to pick up health insurance policy with it and be assured of quality prompt service in case of accident.
“Many Nigerians want to help accident victims but due to fear of being held for payment of treatment cost they watch victims helplessly.
“With our emergency healthcare policy, any of our enrollee is assured of quality healthcare immediately we are contacted.
“We are already discussing with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on this policy and we want to partner with FRSC as the lead agency on road transport administration in the country,” he said.
Ewenla seek the collaboration of the FRSC especially in its existing policy of getting manifest of commercial passengers before embarking on a journey.
He added that the organisation was working with major transport unions, including NURTW, RTEAN and NARTO, in the country in order to ensure success of the scheme when it commence.
Responding, Oyeyemi said the agency was committed to be part of all efforts towards safety of Nigerian road users.
“The insurance scheme will complement our existing efforts in providing immediate health services to accident victims on our roads.
“We already have road side clinics and mobile clinics for accident victims along critical corridors, but this kind of service will definitely extend the reach to accident victims.
“The most essential solution to road crashes is adherence to caution by every road user,” he said.
Mr Adei Abu, the Deputy Corps Marshal, Operations, FRSC, received the UHMS team on behalf of the Corps Marshal.
The event was witnessed by principal officers of the commission and those of the HMO.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the current management of UHMS first proposed the scheme in 2006 under a rested platform undertaken by the defunct Bank PHB. (NAN)