Nigerian Air Force Converts Aircraft Into Clinic, Conducts Training For Nurses, Crews (Photos)
Nigerian Air Force embarked on Aeromedical Evacuation to airlift wounded soldiers from various theatres of operation to treatment facilities, also, the NAF conducted training for some of its flight nurses.
In furtherance of efforts to build the capacity of its personnel for the effective and efficient conduct of Aeromedical Evacuation missions to airlift wounded soldiers from various theatres of operation to appropriate treatment facilities, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has conducted training for some of its flight nurses and aircrew.
The week-long training, which came to an end 23 April 2020, with a simulation exercise at the flight line of the 307 Executive Airlift Group, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja using the C-130H aircraft, was aimed at enhancing the knowledge of participants to enable them to ensure that wounded personnel is stabilized and provided necessary life support from point of enplaning until they arrive at the destination facility. In this regard, a NAF C-130H aircraft has been configured to carry specialized stretchers for the patients along with necessary life support equipment, including patient monitors and ventilators.
Speaking during the event, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the training and simulation exercise, stating that it aptly depicted what was expected of flight nurses and other crew members while conducting aeromedical evacuation of wounded soldiers from the battlefield to the locations of designated medical facilities. He noted that the capability, which would reduce the risk to wounded personnel and enhance their chances of survival, could also be deployed for the emergency movement of COVID-19 patients if so required.
The CAS disclosed that the NAF had, over the past 4 and half years, made concerted efforts to build the capacity of its Medical personnel to not only ensure the provision of qualitative healthcare services to personnel and their families but also to ensure effective care for personnel wounded in action. To this end, he said, NAF Trauma/Emergency Care Teams had been set up in all theatres of operation. He noted that this has helped to boost morale and fighting spirit of the personnel.
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