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.
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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