18. 10. 01
posted by: Ibrahim Sorie Koroma Health Education Officer-HED/MoHS

The long awaiting National Emergency Medical Service will soon commence with a piloted phase in Pujehun District and with plans to cascade it to other districts in the country.

 This was made know at a rap up meeting organized by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Friday September 27th at Youyi building conference hall, fourth floor to intimate the World Bank Group in country on the Ebola Emergency Response Project (EERP), with specific focus of addressing challenges and mapping out the way forward of the project.

The main purpose of this National Emergency Medical Service is to salvage medical emergency issuers surrounding pregnant women, children, fatal accidents and other related health conditions.

The strategy is that, one running ambulance will be pre- positioned  in every chiefdom in the provinces and ward in Western Area with qualified health workers and drivers to respond to any emergencies, especially in the case of early referrals of pregnant  women and children  with risky health status or any other health emergencies..

To ensure proper management and sustainability of these ambulances and efficient service delivery, a   Non Governmental Organization (NGO) called CUAM/Doctors with Africa has been contracted to manage the operations of the National Emergency Medical Service (NEMS).

The National Emergency Medical Service will not only help to mitigate the problems on referrals of pregnant women and children  to the nearest health facility, but will also contribute immensely to bring down the high indices of maternal death  in the country, especially in rural and hard to reach areas.

Finally, it is worthy to note that we would not be able to ensure sustainability and proper service delivery without the support/help of the beneficiaries, community people and every stakeholder, as the NEMS is for us and we should fully cooperate to ensure the security and in the area of monitoring as the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and CUMM/Doctors with Africa cannot be everywhere to monitor the operations of these ambulances.