Lagos resident doctors train policemen
The training, being an initiative of resident doctors in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), is aimed at supporting the chances of accident victims before getting to hospitals.
At the first edition of ‘Police as First Responders’ workshop, held at Area F Police Command, Ikeja, doctors tutored the police on various stages and critical signs in emergency care management.
The programme was part of the outreach series of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), LASUTH, during which policemen were also offered free medical care services.
Permanent Secretary (PS), State Ministry of Health, Dr. Modele Osunkiyesi, commended the doctors for scoring another first in community services that health workers do offer outside of hospital wards.
Osunkiyesi said while their counterparts in Lagos University of Teaching Hospital (LUTH) were busy with strike action, the doctors had kept a 100 per cent bed occupancy rate in LASUTH and still finding time to reach out to men of the Nigerian police.
She added that the choice of training the police was quite logical, since the officers were often the first to arrive at accident or crime scenes, often-bringing victims to hospital, coupled with attendant risk of getting infected in the process of giving help.
The PS noted that the state-owned tertiary institution had seen many cases of accidental infection in the process of giving emergency care services to save lives.
While the need for self-protection cannot be overemphasized, she said the training programme was indeed timely to help the police officers know how best to save lives while not putting theirs at risk.
President of the ARD, LASUTH, Dr. Sa’eid Ahmad said the choice of police was based on the need for Nigeria to catch up with other parts of the world where three tiers of emergency – pre-hospital, intermediate between the scene and hospital and the hospital care – are duly understood by the law enforcement officers.
Ahmad noted that there is often a break in the intermediate between the scene and hospital care because the rescue team have little know-how on first aid, which are still not taught in police colleges.
Chief Host and Assist Commissioner of Police (ACP), Tunde Adagunduro, thanked the doctors for fostering a better cordial relationship between the police and the general public.