NBSC, NEMSAS Partner to Enhance Rural Emergency Care for Pregnant Women, Children


In a bid to improve maternal health outcomes in Nigeria, the National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) has partnered with the National Emergency Medical Services Ambulance System (NEMSAS).

The collaboration aims to reduce maternal deaths caused by obstetric hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal mortality in the country.

The partnership will leverage the NBSC’s One Million Strategic Blood Reserve to ensure blood sufficiency and address blood-related emergencies. Prof. Saleh Yuguda, Director General of NBSC, emphasized the importance of this reserve in supporting the initiative.

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Dr. Saidu Ahmed, National Programme Manager of NEMSAS, represented by Dr. Emuren Pere, Head of Operations, outlined the organization’s efforts in establishing a comprehensive medical emergency services ambulance system.

The initiative focuses on sustaining rural medical emergencies, particularly in improving maternal transport.

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A joint committee has been established to facilitate a seamless collaboration and develop a concept note that will serve as a working document.

This partnership recognizes the emergency ambulance as a vital tool for blood services, ensuring timely and effective response to medical emergencies.


Both organizations are committed to working together to achieve this goal, which is a significant step towards improving maternal health outcomes in Nigeria.


The collaboration is expected to enhance emergency services in Nigeria, particularly in rural areas, and reduce maternal deaths caused by obstetric hemorrhage.

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