Nigeria’s Flight Diversion: Emergency Agency Deploys Rescue Helicopter, Ambulances To Kaduna


By Lontong Ibrahim

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has assured of its readiness to provide emergency operation at the Kaduna Airport in case of any eventuality.

Already, NEMA has deployed a rescue helicopter, three (3) Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Ambulances and three (3) Rapid Intervention Vehicles to Kaduna State to join other stakeholders in providing support for Emergency operations in the
State, following the closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Spokesperson of NEMA, Sani Datti, explained that the helicopter was to be used for medical patrol while the three MICU ambulances with the Rapid
Intervention Vehicles are stationed along Jere and Katari Towns, Kaduna-Abuja road and Kaduna International Airport.

According to him, the MICU ambulances are used to administer first aid treatment and stabilization for trauma victims on their way to the hospital as it serves as a mobile hospital with the capacity to carry one critical and one less critical victim.

He added that, the Rapid Intervention Vehicles are used for Search and Rescue, fight fire rapidly and extrication of victims trapped in accident vehicles or
collapsed structures.

The Federal Government had announced the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for six weeks effective from last Wednesday to allow for extensive repairs on the runway, diverting all
flight to Kaduna international airport.


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