FG mulls ‘Uber’ mobile ambulances for emergency medical services




Federal Government says it is considering initiating an “Uber” like Ambulances scheme that will provide emergency services to Nigerians.

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at a three-day retreat for National on Amendments of National Health Act 2014.




Ehanire said that ambulances partnership with private sector would provide first emergency to patients across country.

According to him, the ambulances will work like “Uber” and no payment will be made at the point of , no card or any protocol will be observed before patients are being attended to.

He said that a toll-free line would be provided conjunction with the Nigeria Communication (NCC), adding that Nigerians would call the number and get quality attention.





This, according to the minister, is to get quality health provision an emergency and this will help to save a life.

Ehanire said that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) remained the best instrument the Nigerian government has had in the health sector.

He said that the Federal Government would work with the private sector to address the challenges of the health sector, adding that the government would register private and government ambulances.





This, according to him, is for the purpose of forming the national emergency centre, adding that for every movement they made they would be paid.

Ehanire, however, made the for the establishment of general hospitals across the 774 local governments in the country.

He appealed to the National to support the public health security fund to be able to realise the initiative.





Rep Aminu Suleiman, a member of the expressed concern that the general disinformation on the operation of the and the advantage accrued to citizens.



He said that there were penalties for violators of the , adding, however, that it unfortunate that both the citizens and operators were unable to utilise the bill.





He said that the general low knowledge about the bill informed its decision to seek an amendment so that the citizenry would be informed about the pros and cons of the bill.(NAN)