AS part of measures to tackle emergencies in the country, the Federal Ministry of Health has concluded arrangement to establish six first-class trauma centres in the six geo-political zones in the country before the end of the year.
The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, who disclosed this on Monday at a workshop on Enhancing Health Management Delivery in Jos, Plateau State, said other areas of emphasis by the ministry are human capacity building and provision of state-of- the-art equipment for emergency health services.
He stated that pre-service training would provide the feeder to the pool of human resource necessary to mount health emergency response to enable participation in Integrated Emergency Management, involving the six components of Anticipation, Assessment of Risk, Prevention, Preparation, Response and Recovery.
The minister, represented by the Director of Special Project in the ministry, Dr Michael Arene, said the current security challenges, crises and disasters had strengthened the resolve of the Federal Government to put in place, structures, processes and procedures that would address health emergencies from the household, community, local government, states to the national levels.
Onyebuchi frowned on a situation where the various stakeholders in emergency management do not work together as a team, adding that such had produced poor outcome, in which unnecessary deaths of victims were recorded as a result individualistic approach to emergency management.
The stakeholders at the workshop include representatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Nigeria Police, the Fire Service, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Ministry or Environment and the media.