Ebola can’t stop us from attending to accident victims – FRSC
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has assured members of the public that the fear of the dreaded Ebola virus would not stop its officials from rescuing accident victims on the highways.
The assurance is coming against the backdrop of a reported case of a hit-and-run victim who was abandoned by health officials for fear of Ebola in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Monday.
The victim died 21 hours after the incident.
The Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Mrs. Stella Uchegbu, who spoke with reporters in Abuja on Wednesday, affirmed the Corps’ non-discriminatory policy in the handling of accident victims.
Uchegbu said: “Our officers on the highways and other roads across the country have been adequately trained to handle accident victims, even those suspected of having communicable diseases such the Ebola virus.
“Hundreds of our paramedics are currently undergoing training at various medical facilities on how to rescue high risk accident victims without putting themselves at risk.
“We have taken proactive measures by procuring protective equipment like face masks, hand gloves, sanitisers and other necessities. So we cannot abandon accident victims just because of Ebola.
“We wish to assure members of the public, particularly road users that our officers will continue to rescue accident victims, irrespective of whether they are carrying communicable diseases or not.”
Uchegbu listed excessive speeding by motorists as a major factor in road accidents in the country and urged drivers to always be mindful of regulated speed limits on the highways.
She also warned commercial drivers and commuters alike against overloading, saying Ebola and other communicable diseases can easily be contracted through such overcrowding.
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