I met five functional ambulances when I assumed office – Gov Abiodun
Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state yesterday said that his administration only met five functional ambulances serving the entire state when he assumed office on May 29, 2019.
He equally revealed that his government was planning to make at least one ambulance available across the 26 state constituencies.
Abiodun disclosed this when he received the Governing Board of the National Youth Service Scheme Governing Board (NYSC), led by its chairman, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar at his office in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.
He said that plans were under way by his government to increase the number of the five ambulances to over 30, noting that he had already procured additional 12 ambulances for health sector in the state since his administration began two years ago.
According to the governor his government placed a high premium and value on the Health and Emergency Response as an important sector in the state.
The governor said that he had already procured additional 12 ambulances since his government began almost 2 years ago, recalling that the state government launched its 24 hours ambulance response service across the state recently.
He said “The issue of Health and Emergency Response is an important sector to us. When this administration came into office, I think we had about five ambulances, today, we have seventeen ambulances, but we are not even their yet. I demanded the commitment of a few of our public private sector partners and I believe that between now and the next thirty days, we should have about thirty ambulances in the state”
“Our plan is to ensure that each state constituency has one ambulance and we have twenty-six of such state constituency and then we now have others that will be servicing tertiary hospitals. We have just launched our 24 hours ambulance response service across the state, at any point in time, you can call our emergency number and you get our emergency response,” he added
Abiodun, while commending the scheme for ensuring national cohesion and for exposing youths in the country to the diversity of the country, noted that the scheme had helped students in interacting with their fellow students from other parts of the country.
He said that his administration would continue to support the scheme as well as ensure that the welfare of the corps members is looked into in the state, adding he had directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to accommodate every corps member posted to their agencies.
Earlier, Abubakar, commended the Ogun state government for making the NYSC Orientation Camp in the state the best in the country.