The Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) says it has trained no fewer than 30 people in the last one month on first responder scheme to reduce deaths from accidents on the highways.
Its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Paschal Achunine, made this known to the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday shortly after the initiative’s Charity Health Walk in Lagos.
Achunine said that the walk with the theme: “Walk for Life 2.0” was to create awareness and bring to the consciousness of Nigerians to be responsive to accident victims.
According to him, an average Nigerian man, instead of rescuing accident victims, will rather video the scene and share it on social media.
This, he said, had led to many avoidable deaths on the highways.
Achunine said that aim of the scheme was for the trained participants to be able to attend to emergencies in the first critical minutes before the arrival of emergency agencies.
He listed its benefits to include crowd control skills, how to administer first aid and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Achunine said that HEI usually stand in the gap for accident victims before their family members arrived.
He said that the initiative would make the initial deposit of N20, 000 in less than 24 hours to commence treatment.
Also, Mrs Omoshalewa Balogun, a Nurse with Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), said that HEI has been assisting indigent victims of road traffic crashes.
Balogun said that the main focus of HEI was that no one should die.
She said that HEI works in collaboration with LASAMBUS and more than 50 people had been saved since 2017.
Balogun said that the charity health walk was to create awareness on the number to call whenever crashes occurred.
In her remarks, Mrs Kehinde Aikomo, the Assistant Director, Social Worker at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, said that the first responder scheme was an eye opener.
Aikomo said that the programme had opened her eyes to know what to do when a crash occurs.
She said that HEI had been able to train her on what to do in case of emergencies in the first minutes before help would come.
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye