The Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi, has stressed the need for improved synergy between the agency and hospitals to ensure prompt response to accident victims.

This information is contained in a statement issued by NEMA’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Manzo Ezekiel, in Abuja on Wednesday.

The statement stated that Sani-Sidi said this at a “Stakeholders’ Roundtable’’ on challenges facing emergency medical response organised by NEMA.

It stated that the roundtable became necessary to ensure that prompt attention was given to disaster victims rushed to the hospitals.

It stated that more Nigerians were using the NEMA ambulance services, and stressed the need for hospitals to work with the agency to save the lives of accident victims rescued by NEMA.

The statement frowned at the poor response given to victims when taken to the hospitals.

The statement said sometimes “we get response such as no bed space to take in victims and even demands for payments or who will pick the bills before victims are attended to’’.

According to the statement the challenges in the hospitals often lead to unnecessary loss of lives.

“We have invited stakeholders from government hospitals in the FCT to find out what their challenges are and to chart a way forward for improved emergency response,’’ it stated.

The statement stated that the outcome of the meeting would form a model to be used by emergency respondents across the country. (NAN)

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