See How The Nigerian Air Force Is Fighting COVID-19
The indefatigable Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has left no stone unturned in the current war against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Air Force is one of the largest in Africa, consisting of about 15,000 personnel, and aircraft including 8 Chinese Chengdu F-7s, 13 Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets, Helicopter gunships, armed attack drones and military transport aircraft.
In this article, we highlight some projects that the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has engaged in Fighting Covid-19 since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
The Nigerian Air Force has engaged in air displays to promote awareness about the COVID-19.
In some of the aerial displays, the aircraft flew with large banners attached to them. The banners had messages on the that informed those below of the need to stay safe in this period of lockdown.
NAF L-39ZA aircraft in formation flight over the City Gate Abuja.
Conversion of Its C-130H Aircraft For Effective Aeromedical Evacuation
The Nigeria Air Force C-130H aircraft has been configured to carry specialized stretchers for patients. It is also fitted with necessary life support equipment, including patient monitors and ventilators.
Training Of Flight Medical Personnel
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) conducted a training for some of its flight nurses and aircrew.
The training lasted for 7 days. It ended with a simulation exercise, using the C-130H aircraft. The venue was the flight line of the 307 Executive Airlift Group, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
Airlifts of medical equipment
The Nigerian Air Force as part of its continued support towards combating the COVID-19 pandemic, have continuously airlifted medical equipment and supplies. These items are mostly those donated by several foreign and local donors.
Production Of Oxygen
One of the ways the Nigerian Air Force is fighting COVID-19 is by producing and airlifting oxygen. The Liquified Oxygen in cylinders are airlifted to Abuja. From there, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic would distribute them to the various isolation centres across the country.
NAF And NCDC Collaboration
The Nigerian Air Force has helped in airlifting healthcare personnel, equipment, and supplies around the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
The NAF had earlier detailed an aircraft to airlift a team of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. The force also assisted in bringing back NCDC experts from Congo Brazzaville. The NCDC personnel had travelled to undergo a World Health Organisation training programme. The programme was on the management of COVID-19. However, they became stranded due to closure of air and land borders by the government of Congo Brazzaville.
The Nigeria Air Force is fighting COVID-19 by the mass production of face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
A tailoring workshop was recently inaugurated at the 115 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt. The tailoring workshop is an initiative that we started mainly for the production of service uniforms for primarily for personnel. This is in response to the current emergency situation (Covid-19)
Provision of Palliatives To Host Communities
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) organized a campaign for the distribution of food items and other palliatives. The items were given to indigent members of its host communities in different parts of the country. Fighting Covid-19
The distribution of palliatives to NAF host communities was carried out in all the 6 Geopolitical Zones of the Country.
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