The Ogun State government says the rationale behind the introduction of tricycle ambulances in the State is to address maternal and infant mortality in rural areas.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Kunle Somorin, the state government says lack of transportation has been identified as one of the major causes of avoidable loss of lives of pregnant women, necessitating the idea of Tricycle Ambulances to complement the advanced life support ambulances.
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According to the statement, the tricycle ambulances were formally launched in February 2022 following the procurement of 50 tricycles by the state government and a donation of an additional 30 by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while 10 were donated by individuals, totalling 90.
Mr. Somorin, also noted that by the provision of this community ambulance services, residents have been able to promptly reach out for emergency response, adding that with the arrangement, response time has so far been reduced from two hours to between 10 minutes and 30 minutes