New Air Ambulance For Emergency Health Care Introduced by NEMA

February 14, 2015 6:53 pm

The National Emergency Management Agency on Friday introduced its first Air Ambulance for emergency health care.
The airplane, which was launched at the Trauma Center of the National
Hospital, Abuja, is for quick transportation of patients with emergency
cases.
The Director, Research and Rescue of the agency, Ibrahim Mamman, said
the project was part of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck
Jonathan.

“The air ambulance can be used to transport
patients with critical and traumatic health situation from anywhere the
individual is,” he said. “As a matter of fact, the jet can go anywhere
in the world; it has the mile range of 3000 miles.”

He also said that the project was a demonstration of the beginning of air ambulance in Nigeria.

The director said there were plans to expand the project to make other air ambulances available to all parts of the country.

Mr. Mamman commended the Director-General of , Sani Sidi, for championing the project.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Gaff Momoh, said that the
trauma center of the hospital was commissioned with the aim of managing
emergencies.

Mr. Momoh said that the air ambulance was for easy evacuation of patients from any part of the country.

“The jet is to move patients from wherever they are in the country
and still land at the appropriate time within a very short notice.


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Mr. Momoh noted that the hospital had always had patients brought by
road but that the jets would facilitate the transportation of patients
by air.

He said the hospital is equipped with facilities to take the patients to the right wards where they could be treated.

The Director Aeromedevac Consulting Services, Ireland, Keith Trower,
said the company had developed specific air medical transport system to
help medical challenges globally.

Mr. Trower said the company was training NEMA staff for the period of
nine months to enable them get conversant with the use of the air
ambulance.

He lauded the government and NEMA for prioritising health-related issues in the country. (NAN)

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