It has been discovered that one of the major causes of the death of accident victims and those in emergency cases in hospitals is the inability to come up with the initial fees required to commence their treatment before it is too late.

Health Emergency Initiative HEI, a Non-Governmental Organisation in Nigeria, identified the problem and swung into action to provide succor to indigent patients who found themselves in such situations. Since 2015, HEI has been assisting in this regard. Speaking on a radio programme, ‘Oga Driver’ on Star 101Fm in Lagos, sponsored by Great Nigeria Insurance Plc. on Friday the 15th of September, 2017, Mr. Kanayo Okonkwo of the HEI explained that the NGO was founded by a group of caring hearts who felt that many cannot afford to pay for blood transfusion or other hospital fees, so they contributed and pulled resources together to help patients across government hospitals in Lagos State.

In 2017, the HEI is collaborating withthe Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC, to attend to accident victims by bridging the gap between arrival at the hospital and commencement of treatment. The ‘Non should Die Initiative’ will pay the initial deposit of N20.000 for the stabilization process of the victims. The first part of the programme, the Pilot Scheme, which starts this September, is for 90 days in government hospitals that have signed MOU’s (Memorandum Of Understanding) with HEI, the FRSC and LASAMBUS (The Lagos State Ambulance Service)

Within the period, any accident victim brought in by the FRSC or LASAMBUS to any of the Partner/Hospitals will receive the money.

Dr Ena Tobor of Traumacare International Foundation, another guest on the programme, described the gesture as a welcome development. She believes this is an answer to the cry of many people as the first few minutes after an accident can determine life or death. While commending the HEI for the well thought-out idea, she urged public spirited Nigerians to support the fund raising drive of the NGO.

Tomi Maala Igbaroola, a Public Education officer of the FRSC says the collaboration with HEI is in line with one the 2017 Corporate Strategic Goals of the corp which is reducing Road Traffic Crashes by15% and Fatalities by 25%. There have been issues such as what happens in post-crash care. The injuries sustained may not be that serious, but the management or delay. So What happens after the FRSC has resqued the victim? Even the millionaire may not have immediate access to his millions or family. Many do not have ICE numbers for us to reach their families. so the N20.000 for the first care can go a long way to stabilize the victim or to facilitate discharge as the case may be.

The Health Emergency Initiative has a STERLING BANK Nigeria ACCOUNT No 0060048591 for donors who like to support the worthy cause. For Medical Interventions, Please call

Kanayo +2348035766767

Pascal +2348037228843

Rowland +2348109942450

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