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1.2m preventable deaths recorded from illnesses, accidents: NGO

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The Chief Executive Officer, Emergency Response Africa, Folake Owodunni, has bemoaned the high rate of preventable deaths in Nigeria through illnesses and accidents owing to the dearth of fast emergency medical care.

Owodunni lamented that in case of emergency incidents, “Nigerians are left to fend for themselves sometimes taking actions that are not in the best interest of the patient and even at hospitals, patients are refused lifesaving stabilisation measures or told to go to another hospital that has the right facilities for their cases.”

She said, “Every year, more than 1.2m Nigerians die from sudden illnesses and accidents. These deaths are preventable with effective emergency response. Unfortunately, Nigeria, like many countries across Africa, does not have a strong emergency medical system.

The ERA boss, said this in Ado Ekiti, while signing a memorandum of understanding with Ekiti State Government.

Ekiti State Health Commissioner, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said the partnership with ERA was an opportunity to use additional ambulances.

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