From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
A non-governmental organization known as Emergency Transport Scheme in collaboration with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Nasarawa State Chapter, has rolled out a comprehensive plan aimed at rescuing pregnant women during child labour, especially in the area of transportation.
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent after its meeting held yesterday at the state Ministry of Women Affairs, in Lafia, the state capital, the National consultant on Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS), Alhaji Ismail Aliyu Balogun affirmed that the essence of the meeting was aimed at widen implementation of the ETS scheme in Nasarawa State as well as appealed to the state government, individuals and corporate organizations to partner with the scheme.
According to him, “The scheme is targeting at rendering voluntary services by transporting pregnant women with complications from the rural areas to available health facilities. The scheme was introduced as government alone cannot provide all the needed ambulances to travel to rural communities. Our help is to convey women that are having complications during child labour to any available health centre. The scheme is only supporting government in the area of transportation. Government provides the man power, drugs in hospitals, yet rural women are still dying because of complications and lack of transportation”.
“Ours is a voluntary service to assist those in difficulty of transporting themselves to health facilities. The ETS is collaborating with NURTW to assist those in need during emergency. I call on the government of Nasarawa to support the scheme”. Balogun maintained.
Also contributing on the significance of the scheme, the ETS focal person in Nasarawa who is also the NURTW scribe in the state Comrade Abubakar Ari Kadai said that over 2,700 pregnant women benefitted from ETS scheme since its introduction in the state 2016 as according to him “From its inception 2016 we NURTW drivers transported over 2,700 pregnant women to health centres in the state and all deliveries were successful”.
“The objective of ETS is to assist pregnant women in the state especially those with complications. We assist particularly those in the hard to reach areas or communities. NURTW is collaborating with the NGO in every nooks and crannies of the state in order o aid women with pregnancy complication during child labour especially transportation. Our members are in every nooks and crannies in the state” Kadai added.