The Osun Government has said that 1,774 people were rescued in emergency operations in 2016, through its Ambulance Services (O’Ambulance), across the state. A statement by Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, in Osogbo on Sunday said that during the period, the O’ Ambulance service responded to more than 1,116 road accident emergencies across the state. According to him, the ambulance service also responded to 178 cases of collapse, 348 hospital referrals and 132 labour emergency cases, all of which the lives involved were saved. Okanlawon has said that out of 1,829 casualties involved in all the emergence cases, the agency was able to save 1,774 lives and recorded only 55 deaths, arising from the cases. He also revealed that of the 1,774 casualties saved, 1,116 were males, while 658 were females. The Director added that of the 55 deaths recorded, 27 were males and 28 females.  Okanlawon has said that the agency was able to record such significant figures of life saving due to the resources available to it. According to him, the government made available ambulances with relevant equipment, which makes rescue operation and immediate first aid for victims quick and efficient. He said, “We have two sets of ambulances. “We have the small ones, which are 31 in number; one for each local government. “We have the big high-tech, which are 17 in number and each is stationed along major routes, especially where we do experience a high rate of road accidents. He commended Gov. Rauf Aregbesola for providing the logistics and other paramedical gadgets for the agency, saying the agency was more committed to saving lives.

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