The president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has launched the National Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) in Freetown on Tuesday.
The program will start with 163 ambulances and 450 drivers having already trained, and 600 paramedics recruited and trained as part of the program.
“This is a first in Sierra Leone for an emergency medical service aimed at responding to nationwide emergency needs,” says Andrew Sesay, a healthcare practitioner in Freetown.
He said lack of emergency services contribute to the increase rate of mortality for most curable diseases.
“Because of the poor emergency medical services in urban areas, and it non existence in the rural sector, people critically ill or injured died due to lack of this services to take them to the nearest hospital,” he said.
The NEMS is a network of emergency medical services coordinated to provide aid and medical assistance in the prehospital setting involving personnel trained in the rescue stabilization, transportation and treatment of traumatic and medical emergencies.