Commission partners NEMSAS on rural emergency care, maternal, child mortality

Commission partners NEMSAS on rural emergency care, maternal, child mortality
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Right to Left-Professor Saleh Yuguda,DG NBSC, middle – Dr Emuren Pere, Head of Operations, NEMSAS during a courtesy visit to NBSC headquarters on Thursday in Abuja.

By Justina Auta

The National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) has partnered with the National Emergency Medical Services Ambulance System (NEMSAS) to enhance rural emergency care services.

The Director-General of NBSC, Prof. Saleh Yuguda, announced this during a courtesy visit by NEMSAS members on Thursday in Abuja.

Yuguda said the collaboration aims to improve maternal health outcomes in rural areas, thereby reducing maternal and child mortality in the country.

He noted that the partnership would particularly help reduce maternal deaths caused by obstetric hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal mortality.

Yuguda called for more voluntary non-remunerated blood donations to increase the national reserve, noting the importance of the commission’s One Million Strategic Blood Reserve in addressing blood-related emergencies.

He emphasised that the reserve is crucial for ensuring blood sufficiency, especially during emergencies.

Yuguda also revealed that a committee would be established to facilitate the collaboration and develop a concept note to guide operations.

He stated that the partnership recognises the emergency ambulance as a vital tool for blood services, ensuring timely and effective responses to medical emergencies.

Earlier, Dr Saidu Ahmed, National Programme Manager of NEMSAS, outlined efforts to establish a comprehensive medical emergency service ambulance system.

Represented by Dr Emuren Pere, NEMSAS Head of Operations, Ahmed emphasised the initiative’s role in sustaining rural medical emergencies, particularly in improving maternal transport.


Edited by Kadiri Abdulrahman/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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