The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to establish and equip mobile emergency clinics on federal highways across the country to cater for road accident victims.
The call followed a motion moved by Mallam Bukar Gana (APC, Borno) at the plenary on Wednesday.
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The lawmaker said, there are only 47 traffic accident clinics across Nigeria, 15 of which are furnished but non-functional, 14 are not furnished and non-functional, while only 18 are furnished and functional.
He said: “The available roadside clinics are grossly insufficient to cater for the medical needs of commuters as the functional ones are poorly managed, and commuters will continue to die needlessly for lack of immediate medical attention.
“According to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 11,363 accidents were recorded in 2016 with a total number of 30,105 injured victims out of which 28,250 were adults, 1,855 were children, while 5,053 people lost their lives.
“The deplorable state of major highways and reckless driving occasioned by overspeeding, drunkenness, and total disregard of traffic rules by commuters have contributed to the incessant road accidents, and the country requires functional clinics to prevent needless deaths.”
The House further urged the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, and States Emergency Management Authorities to ensure that accident victims receive quick medical attention.
It mandates the Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission to ensure compliance.