Ebola: FRSC pledges not to abandon accident victims

FRSC officials on duty used to illustrate the story.
FRSC officials on duty used to illustrate the story.

The Federal Road Safety commission, FRSC, will not abandon accident victims for fear of Ebola, the Public Education Officer Corps Commander, Stella Uchegbu, promised on Wednesday.

At a media chat convened by a nongovernmental organisation, 1-Nigeria Initiative, in Abuja, Ms. Uchegbu said the FRSC will not abandon accident victims just as some health care workers have been doing.

Following the recent outbreak of Ebola Virus disease, many hospitals have abandoned accident victims.

Recently at a Federal Hospital in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, an accident victim who was brought into the hospital’s casualty and emergency ward, failed to get medical attention and died after days of not been attended to.

A medical staff of the hospital who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES said that the hospital staff refused to attend to the woman because of fear of the Ebola disease.

The FRSC commander lamented the situation and said the FRSC emergency will not neglect an accident victim.

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“I assure you that the FRSC emergency crew will not stand down or run away from accident victims over fear of Ebola. We will attend to them adequately,” she said

Ms. Uchegbu explained the measures put in place for FRSC officials to protect themselves when there is an accident.

“We have taken proactive actions, measures about Ebola. About two weeks ago, Road Safety procured items for each staff and it was shared country wide for each command.

“We have gloves, face masks. Our first line of action is to save lives; we can’t see accident victims and say because of Ebola we will not do our jobs.

“Our Paramedics have under gone specialised training in these directions,” Ms. Uchegbu explained.

Burdened vehicles

She further said that an alert has been sent to all command at various locations to be on the watch for public cars who carry more than the expected number of passengers.

“The issue of over load has been on for a while now but with the recent outbreak of Ebola, we are coming through that process now of telling them the dangers of carrying more than the expected number of passengers to prevent Ebola.

“We have informed our command in different locations to be on the lookout for such drivers,” Ms. Uchegbu said.

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