COVID19: NAF produces Ventilators to support fight against the pandemic
By Ahsan Ahsan
The Nigerian Airforce (NAF) has produced locally-made ventilators as its contribution to national efforts towards fighting the novel coronavirus disease. The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal (AM) Sadique Abubakar, announced this during Eid-el-Fitri lunch with troops of the Air Component of “Operation Lafiya Dole” at the Air force Base in Maiduguri on Monday 25th May 2020 according to NAN Report.
Abubakar said that the locally-made ventilator was a product of research development programme by the Nigerian Airforce in partnership with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. He said that the ventilators would be commissioned on May 27.
He explained that as part of the measures to combat the pandemic, NAF had distributed reusable face masks to all its personnel while PPE and ventilators were provided at the Nigerian Airforce Hospitals in Maiduguri.
“I wish to remind us of the need to maintain continues vigilance and ensure strict adherence to necessary guidelines and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID19,’’ he said.
The CAS said that despite the challenges of competing resources, occasioned by the COVID19 induced lockdown, NAF has maintained the tempo of its operations, not only in the North East, but other parts of the country.