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NEMA Introduces Air Ambulance For Emergency Health Care

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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 NEMA, 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.
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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