NAF Trains Flight Nurses, Configures C-130H Aircraft To Airlift Wounded Soldiers

Written by on April 24, 2020

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has conducted training for some of its flight nurses and aircrew to build their capacity for airlifting wounded soldiers from battlefields.

This according to the NAF is for the effective and efficient conduct of aeromedical evacuation missions to airlift wounded soldiers from various theatres of operation to appropriate treatment facilities.

The NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola who made the announcement in a statement on Thursday said that the training is aimed at enhancing the knowledge of the aircrew.

He noted that this will enable them to ensure that wounded personnel are stabilized and provided necessary life support from point of enplaning until they arrive at the destination facility.

He added that the 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.

The week-long training which ended on Thursday, April 23, was held at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja using the C-130H aircraft.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who was also on ground expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the training and simulation exercise.

According to him, 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 four 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, 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.

Air Marshal Abubakar, therefore, commended the Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command as well as the Chief of Medical Services and the Commander of the 301 Heavy Airlift Group for their efforts in ensuring the effective conduct of the training as well as the configuration of the C-130H.

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