The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kebbi, on Saturday, visited the Sir Yahayya Memorial Hospital, Birni Kebbi, to sympathise with the victims of road crashes in the state.
The state FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Abayomi Asaniyan, while briefing the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Aminu Bunza, said that the command was doing everything possible to minimise road crashes in the state.
“Our visit is part of activities marking the 2019 World Accident Victims Remembrance Week.
“I, my staff and special marshals have come here to sympathise with victims of various road accidents; we want to urge you to always observe traffic rules and regulations to forestall further occurrences,” he said.
According to Asaniyan, the FRSC is not only for enforcement and rescue of road users, but to also follow up crash victims.
He said that the victims had spent so much on their medical bills, hence the move by the corps to donate a few items to assist them.
“The FRSC is also striving to “catch them young” with the creation of 50 more road safety club units in various schools in Kebbi State.
“The Corps is also harmonising operations of cyclists in the state with the creation of a central database for them and issuance of uniform and code to them,” he said.
The FRSC chief expressed appreciation to the hospital’s management for prompt medical attention to the victims as well as assistance from private individuals.
In his remarks, Bunza thanked the corps for choosing the hospital for the visitation, adding “here, we give FRSC rescue teams priority.
He said that the state government had, about six years ago, approved free first medical treatment for road accident victims.
Bunza said that the hospital was working on building a trauma centre for road accident victims, which would be inaugurated in 2020.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that items given to the crash victims included medical consumables and toiletries, while drugs were also donated to the hospital.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
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