Akwa Ibom Emergency Medical Service Underway, Next YearSaturday, December 30th, 2017 | News
By Uwem Kerns (Govt House)
An Emergency Medical Services is to be set up by the Akwa Ibom State government to address incidents of trauma resulting from accidents.
This was part of resolutions of the last State Executive Council meeting for year 2017 presided over by the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel.
Briefing Government House Correspondents shortly after the meeting which lasted for four consecutive hours, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, said that the Emergency Medical Unit would be carried out in collaboration with the security agencies, paramedics, the fire service and Para-military Agencies.
The Health Commissioner added that arrangements have been concluded for the installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras at strategic locations to engender early detection and prompt attention to trauma victims.
Dr Ukpong, who explained that the CCTV Cameras would be installed to enable the medical personnel effect swift response to accident victims, noted that the programme is scheduled to kick-start next year with the establishment of a centre at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.
He added that the programme which is capital intensive, would take into consideration purchases of Ambulances and other food facilities as well as training of the rescue team.
The Health boss hinted that skeletal services have begun at the Ibom Specialist Hospital, while a new consortium to take over the management of the quaternary hospital has been sourced, adding that rehabilitation work has commenced at the Methodist Hospital, Ituk Mbang.
Setting the tone for the briefing, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Charles Udoh, said the meeting afforded them opportunity to asses the performance of the state government in the year 2017 and also set target for 2018.
Mr Udoh said that the Council has expressed satisfaction with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism under the leadership of Mr Victor Antai, for taking tourism to enviable heights with the successful hosting of Arts Exhibition, Orange September, Ukapisua Carnival which culminated in the Street Groove and the Mega Beach Party held at Ibeno beach, among others.
The Culture and Tourism Commissioner in his contribution commended efforts of the state administration in the promotion of tourism and restated his readiness to make the state a haven for tourist.