Rapid Response : NIWA Unveils Watercraft Ambulance in Lagos
In response to critical empowerment of the Search and Rescue team in Lagos and as strategic fulfilment to suggestions made by the cream of maritime media at a recent parley , Dr George Morghalu, Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority ( NIWA) , has deployed a new ambulance boat to the Lagos area office
The new watercraft fitted with amber lights and two 175 Horse Power engines made by Yamaha, with cream colour leather interior, fitted with medical equipment, first aid boxes, communication system, and stretchers, will form the fulcrum rapid response to accidents on Lagos waterways.
Rugged and built to ferry accident victims and those who require immediate medical attention to the nearest hospital and Medical Hold Bay, the ambulance watercraft can travel at controlled timing without fear or anxieties of being buffeted by high impact waves.
Lagos waterways has busiest watercraft traffic year round with heritage operators and water users targeted for safety advocacy by National inland Waterways Authority, Lagos area office which has deployed its task force to curb mishaps on the waterways .
OBSERVATION : Financial Business observed that deployment of ambulance boat by NIWA is a laudable initiative, which will provide immediate health care to save lives in an emergency situation on waterways. Most remarkably, NIWA is putting this measure in place, even as the Authority is carrying out mass sensitisation in riverine communities across Nigeria to ensure boat operators, jetty owners and trailers adhere to safety rules.