A consortium of fifteen insurance firms has formed strategic alliance with over 10,000 private hospitals in Nigeria to sign a memorandum of understanding with a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Eagle Search and Rescue Foundation on management of accident and emergency victims in Nigeria.
The major objective of the project is to render emergency rescue assistance to accident victims by providing first aid medical treatments and transmitting information such as state of health, location and immediate requirements of such victims to their next-of-kin.
Speaking at the signing event in Lagos, Group Coordinator/Visioner of Eagle Search and Rescue Foundation, Mr. Sunday Olu Ajanaku said the foundation is already functional in 30 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory where there is presence of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, (AGPMPN) for prompt medical treatment of all accident victims.
According to him, the National Executive Council of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria through their 10,000 financial member hospitals at national and state level have agreed to treat all accident victims presented by accredited agents and other relevant traffic management stakeholders all over the country with effect from September, 2015.
He noted that when accident occurs, it is often blamed on roads and their deplorable conditions, neglecting abuses like over-speeding as a contributory factor .
He said with the agreement, the organisation has stopped searching for causes and culprits, preferring to contribute to putting what has gone wrong right.
“With this MOU, we will be subscribing to any other data collating agencies aimed at assisting accident victims and compiling statistics and general data on road mishaps and domestic accidents towards combating its causes and reducing the frequency of occurrence”, he added.
Also speaking at the event, National Coordinator, Consortium of Insurance Brokers and Insurance Companies, Adesogan Omodele affirmed that issuing registered students and individuals with an emergency identification card which will be carried along at all times, most importantly when embarking on a journey is a service to humanity.
Omodele noted that giving prompt and rapid skilled first aid assistance to accident victims, running free ambulance services on major roads/highways and linking accident victims with their relatives will constantly save lives.
“This organisation has come to serve as practical with radical approach to tackle and find gradual
solution to these problems. In fact, who are these people that often loss their lives/properties on road accidents than the operators of the informal sector of our economy like the artisans, traders, market men/women, journalist, teachers, Health Workers and others, who constitute 85 percent of the population .
This includes the children of the poor masses particularly students from various tertiary institutions that have the energy to travel around for their future. We seek to give relief to all and sundry both in the formal and informal sector of the nation by creating substantial employment opportunity for our teaming Nigerian youths nationwide,” he stated.
According to him, all registered group/persons under this premium shall directly or indirectly benefit from the organisation’s free life/accident insurance policy on completion of the general registration and data collation of the beneficiaries nationwide.
He said this will be followed by issuance of insurance certificate, holder’s identification card and distribution of same to the addressees of the card carrier and card ready alert, adding that this will be sent to the beneficiaries’ mobile phone for collection of the insurance certificate and identity card for
fast and easy movement and identification purposes all over the world particularly in Nigeria.