NEMA introduces air ambulance for emergency health care

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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  • Lemmuel Odjay

    And when the helicopter lands with the rich patient in a coma, for example, the doctors would still be on strike or there would not be drugs available to administer. It’s like declaring that all banks should go e-banking when the phone network infrastructure is suspect. Planning well by starting first from A. and then proceeding to B. makes more sense.

  • chi boss

    This will aid quick transportation for patients with emergency issues… Weldone Nema, Weldone FG,weldone GEJ…#GEJISWORKING…#GEJ4NAIJA

  • GbemigaO

    Well done NEMA. However we should do more. Having one medivac plane for 180 million people is a shame . The least we can do is to have at least 1 per region. Kudos anyway