FG to stock blood banks

Channels Television  
Updated May 11, 2012

The federal government has announced plans to stock blood banks across the country to ensure minimal loss of lives through road crashes.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the director of special projects in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Mike Arene said government has also put in place an Integrated National Emergency Ambulance Service to guarantee prompt treatment of accident victims.

Mr. Arene described the recent UN ranking of Nigeria as second in the list of countries with high fatal road accidents as unacceptable.

He admitted that the deplorable state of roads across the federation has constantly been a source of concern and is also  responsible for a large number of accidents over the years.

Corp Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Mr. Osita Chidoka at a separate gathering organised by a coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on road safety explained the necessary measures to checkmate frequent road accidents in the country.

The Executive Director of Safety Beyond Borders, Mr. Lanre Osho, urged the federal government not to take lightly the huge loss of human lives through road accidents.

Some of the stakeholders said the police and traffic wardens who extort commercial drivers are also responsible for road accidents.

Participants suggested that the best way forward is for Nigerians to desist from breaking traffic rules and the construction good roads across the country by the federal government.