Flying Doctors, a Nigerian healthcare company which provides emergency health services via its helicopter ambulance have gone “terrestrial” as its motorcycle ambulances were unveiled on Thursday in oil rich Delta State, in the South South of Nigeria.
While their establishment of the first air ambulance service in West Africa is commendable, deploying bike ambulances in accessing hard-to-reach communities in Delta State and the rest of Nigeria becomes imperative.
Bikes by design are smaller than traditional ambulances and as such can easily be maneuvered out of a traffic congestion, a daily nightmare among road users in major Nigerian cities.
In addition, motorcycle ambulances can be deployed to reach people in need of emergency medical attention in areas where bad roads would deny bus ambulances access.
The prevalence of road traffic accidents is high in Nigeria. And generally, emergency response in the most populous and richest African country is often weak and uncoordinated.
Flying Doctors was founded by Ola Orekunrin, UK-trained physician, to fill that gap. Following her medical training in England, she was trained and qualified as a pilot in Japan.