Nigerian Airforce aircraft on standby to airlift Covid-19 patients

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

The Nigerian Airforce has stationed an aircraft to smoothly convey Covid-19 patients to specialized treatment centers or between treatment centers.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire stated this in his speech at the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 Press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to the Minister, “To ensure best treatment options for Nigerians, a protocol for a Patient Transport System has been developed for FCT and to be set up in all States of the Federation, meant to smoothly convey patients to specialized treatment centers or between treatment centers. The Nigeria Airforce and NEMA have aircraft on standby for us to move.

In his speech, Chairman of the PTF/Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha attributed the increase in Covid-19 cases to the expansion of testing capacity.

“Considering the dynamic nature of the response plan, the strategy for testing has been modified and door-to-door testing is now taking place in some communities in Lagos and Abuja. Testing, detection, isolation, care and case management remain central to our success in this fight.

He said the situation in Kano continues to be of concern, and the PTF is working in close contact with the State Government to arrest the situation.

“Ladies and gentlemen, let me remind us all that this pandemic is real and its spreading like wide fire. We must all arise to fight this potent and invisible common enemy by adhering to the guidelines and protocols for COVID-19, which includes personal hygiene, social distancing, wear of masks in public places, obeying the stay-at-home order and reporting unusual illness to the authorities for investigation.”

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