Yobe Ministry of Health and Human Services, Saving One Million Lives Program For Results (SOML PforR) in collaboration with Angel and Eagle Global Rescue services limited has organised a 6-day training for 84 medical emergency responders.
Dr Lawan Gana, the Commissioner for health was at opening ceremony of the training on First Aid, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced CardioVascular Live Support (ACLS) on Monday in Damaturu.
Gana said the training was an important part of the establishment of Yobe State Emergency Ambulance Services (YEMABUS).
He said that emergency periods were very critical and only way to save lives was to have reliable emergency services.
“And emergency services should not only be at the level of healthcare facilities, but also we have to have emergency rescue services at the point where incidents occur.
“Because that moment determines either we can save a lose individual.
“Very commonly people have died before they are transported from the point where the incident occurred,” he said.
He, therefore, called on the selected participants to remain focused, determined and dedicated in discharging their responsibilities.
In his remarks, Dr Hassan Adelakun, Managing Director Angel and Eagle Global Rescue Services, said the training was not just training but a life saving training.
He said it would be base on two internationally recognised modules: the American Heart Association and that of World Health Organisation (WHO) curriculum.
“Even though we are going to use international curriculums we are going to deliver it locally for better understanding,” he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Dr Babawaru Goni, the YEMABUS Chairman, enjoined the participants to pay maximum attention to the facilitators because of its importance.
Goni, who is also the Chief Medical Director, Yobe State Teaching Hospital, encouraged them to ask questions where necessary, saying government had spent huge sums of money on the exercise.
He also enjoined them to steps down the knowledge and skills they would acquire to their colleagues when they got back to their respective duty posts.