Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Lifeline Care Association has offered free medical services to drivers at Jabi motor park, as part of efforts to reduce the spate of road accident on the roads.
The Programme Consultant, Mr. Omasan Imogu, said that the Motor Park Drivers Health Programme (MOPADH), was organised in collaboration with Opthalmological Society of Nigeria, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and was aimed at providing free eye test, first aid training, blood pressure and general checkup.
He added that the programme was also aimed at bringing safety to the drivers as a critical stakeholder in safety.
Imogu stated: “To bring safety especially eye care safety to the drivers. Why? Because they, as a critical stakeholder in safety, drivers carry passengers to the length and breadth of the country.
“Some buses take as many as 50 people, those 50 people imagine each of them have two children, you are looking at an average of 200 families. So, if his eyes have problem and maybe it’s even night driving, a lot of lives will be in danger.
“So, we thought we should come to the park since they won’t go to hospitals, they give all kinds of excuses, some justified, some just Nigerian factors, maybe finances and all that. So, we thought we should come to the park, check their eyes and when necessary, give them glasses so that their sight will be better and enhance safety.”
He noted that it was the first time would be organising motor park health retreat, but assured that it would be a quarterly event going forward
According to him, “This kind of training helped in saving my wife when we were involved in an accident. They (drivers) are usually the first responders that was why we deemed it necessary to teach them first aid training. People die not because of the accident but because they lose so much blood.”
One of the drivers trained, Mr. Yakubu Amoh, who has be driving for 17 years commended Lifeline, saying that was the first time he would be trained.
He added that the training would help him as a first responder if there is any accident on the way, saying it would save a lot of lives.