Abeokuta - The Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) on Monday donated various drugs and other medical items to victims of road crashes receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi, Aba, Abeokuta.
Making the donation on behalf of the command’s Christian fellowship, the sector Commander, Mr Ayobami Omiyale, said the gesture was to remember the victims "at this period of Yuletide".
"The best way to celebrate Christmas with victims is to show love and solidarity and that is why we deemed it fit to make the donation.
"It was important for us to work toward ensuring that crashes do not occur. If, however, it happens, it is important not to abandon the victims."
Omiyale, thanked the management of the medical centre for attending to crash victims, saying that "each time my men bring accident victims here, they are always well respected and treated".
He said the corps owed the hospital a visit of gratitude, adding that the visit was also to intimate it with the requirements for the issuance of the new driver’s licence.
The sector commander said that causes of accident could be traced to failing health of commercial drivers among other factors.
He added that compulsory tests would be conducted at the FMC and other government accredited hospitals, to ascertain the state of health of drivers applying for licence.
"Parts of the test will be for diabetes, epilepsy, sight, hearing ability and hypertension; all these must be known and certified to be right before the new licence can be issued."
Omiyale, handed over the items which included 60 Intrusion sets, seven rolls of cotton wool and eight bottles of Iodine to the Medical Director of FMC, Dr Dapo Sotiloye
Others are eight rolls of Guaze, 12 cartons of normal Saline and five Vilas of diclopenac injection.
Responding, Sotiloye, who thanked the corps for the gesture, said the management of the hospital was ready to partner with the corps in reducing road crashes in the state.
He asked FRSC to go beyond rescuing crash victims by helping to get in touch with the family members of the victims "so that they can know about the development".
"I want to advice that driver’s licence should be renewed every year instead of every four years, to enable proper check of drivers' health and reduce accidents."