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Road accidents biggest killers in FCT

07 December 2015, 08:44

Abuja - The Emergency Response Bays established by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to reduce response time to emergency in the Federal Capital Territory have recorded more than 1 000 emergency incidences since inception.

The data is from September 2013 to June 2015.

About 4 040 persons were involved in the emergency incidences with 1 389 injured and 186 deaths.

Abuja Operations Coordinator of NEMA, Ishaya Isa Chonoko, gave the breakdown of the incidences with road traffic accidents being the highest with 1 008 followed by fire, collapsed structures and drowning.

Also read: Bus decapitates man in Edo State

He said the bays established by the agency for the stakeholders in line with its coordination roles had also succeeded in building the required synergy in which they are now working efficiently together in addressing emergency challenges in FCT.

He said the bays which are strategically located with the aim of reducing response time to emergency situations, are equipped with urban search and rescue tools including the fully equipped rescue tenders, rapid intervention vehicles and mobile intensive care unit ambulances.

They are located in Central Area adjacent to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Umaru Musa  Yar'Adua Expressway Lugbe, Kubwa Expressway and Nyanya by Karu junction.

Chonoko said NEMA had over the years continued to support operations of the stakeholders including their manpower development, presentation of equipment such as ambulances, maintenance of their tools and experience sharing on global best practices in emergency management. 

- CAJ News


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