Some Lagos State Ambulances Are In Disrepair
Many of the much-needed Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) vehicles are stuck at the premises of the Lagos State University Teaching (LASUTH) waiting for repairs.
Established seventeen years ago by the Bola Tinubu administration, LASAMBUS is currently in distress.
The service was launched in 2001 to address the need for strengthening the inherited hospital-based medical care in the state.
The LASAMBUS project was designed to run on a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week basis. It was launched alongside the Lagos State Emergency Medical Service (LASEMS).
The project has saved several lives since its inception.
Statistics from the Lagos State Ministry of Health revealed that the ambulances render critical services to no fewer than 25,000 victims of road traffic accidents, medical emergency, collapsed building, gunshot wounds, industrial accidents and several other cases requiring hospital and medical attention in 2015 alone.
However, this critical service is being threatened as many ambulances are in run down conditions.
Checks showed that many of the ambulances in LASAMBUS’ fleet have been off the road for months due to minor problems.
When Bounce News visited the main office of LASAMBUS located inside LASUTH, our correspondent found out that many of ambulances were in a state of disrepair.
Our correspondent counted no fewer than eight ambulances lying defunct and demanding repairs.
It was gathered that these ambulances have been begging for repairs for months.
Efforts by Bounce News to speak with LASAMBUS' top officials on the present status of ambulances were futile as the officials hid under the cloak of being civil servants, saying that they were not allowed to talk to the press.
However, some LASAMBUS junior staff who spoke under the condition of anonymity, revealed that having so many ambulances out of circulation was threatening and derailing service delivery.
One of the staff noted that because of some defective ones, emergency processes get shunted for hours.
The state of the ambulances is already taking its toil on the LASAMBUS ambulance points.
Many of these points spanning all the local government areas are now either being occupied by miscreants and hawkers or being used as resting points by commuters and pedestrians.
Several visits to stations such as Itire, Oshodi, Jibowu and Abule-Egba revealed that the ambulances no longer park there as assigned.
For instance the ambulance point located in Oshodi has been moribund for years and was recently demolished to pave the way for a car park for the recently commissioned Lagos State Safety Centre in Oshodi.
The Itire point is also idle and its currently occupied by police.
But as the service remains comatose, a LASAMBUS official at the agency's headquarters urged our correspondent to help appeal to Lagosians to dial 112 or 767 on their phones anytime they have or observe a medical emergency.