Osun Government has said that, 12, 171 accident victims had been rescued by the operations of the state Emergency Ambulance Service, known as O’Ambulance, in the four years establishment of the agency.
The General Manager, Osun Ambulance Service Agency, Dr Akinloye Adeleke while speaking with Newsmen in his office, gave the statistics of those rescued as 12, 171 with 7700 being males and 4,367 being females.
Akinloye also added that about seven to eight pregnant women also gave birth inside the ambulance while being conveyed to hospitals.
He explained that the emergency service agency, which was launched on February 4, 2013, is saddled with the responsibility of taking care of medically challenged elders.
He said other roles of the agency includes; reduction of deaths along the highways by rapid response and prompt rescue of accident victims, good referral system of transferring patients from primary to tertiary health facilities for specialist intervention.
He noted that for effective service delivery, 49 high tech ambulances were procured by the state government and to this effects, Osun Ambulance service agency has the highest number of ambulances in the emergency ambulance service in the country.
The GM further noted that 19 of these ambulances, were allocated to at strategic points along the major high ways, while the remaining 30 ambulances were designated to the local government headquarters of each council.
“Our ambulances are furnished with effective communication gadgets and this serve as means of communicating of the agency’s staff.
“The call tracker personnel at the control centre receive all calls from our clients through our two hotlines, 07080601212 and 07080601313 and call the ambulance that are at the closest distance to the scene of accident or where our services are needed.
Speaking on the total number of staff working in the agency, Dr Akinloye said 400 paramedics were trained to man the ambulances, render an emergency medical services to patients and road accident victims before transferring them to the nearest health facilities.
He further said that four call tracker personnel were also trained to receive calls, identify the location of the calls and send the closest ambulances to the scene of the incident or where there services are needed.
“Osun Ambulance render 24 hours free service to the people of Osun State without political or religious affiliations.
Dr Akinloye said that the agency in a bid to make its service more effective recently built eight ultramodern Ambulance ports.
Appreciating other paramilitary agencies for their support in the course of service delivery, the O’Ambalance GM said that Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC, has been a good partner in their paramedics in defensive driving techniques.
Also collaborating with the agency, according to Dr Akinloye are Osun State Emergency Managements Agency (OSEMA) and other security agents who always provide security for their ambulances and paramedics.
He noted that the establishment of the O’Ambalancs by the incumbent administration in the state, has created employment opportunity for the teeming youths in the state.
He therefore, commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for introducing and funding the service which he said has saved many lives in the state.