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Nigeria adds air ambulance to emergency services

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it has introduced a nationwide air ambulance service with the hub in Abuja.The Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Sani Sidi, was quoted in Sokoto in northern Nigeria on Saturday that the service currently had a pioneer CESSNA-model air ambulance which had been fully equipped.

“The aircraft has been fully equipped with all the required state-of-the-art, medical facilities and well-trained medical doctors and other para-medics.

“For now, the service would be coordinated from the air ambulance service’s hub in Abuja and it would cover the whole country,” he said.

According to him, the ambulance could effectively and efficiently reach any part of the country within the earliest time possible.
Sidi also that the agency had adequately provided all the needed communication, search and rescue facilities nationwide.

”The agency has stockpiled huge reserves of equipment and relief materials required for urgent assistance to disaster victims in distress,” he said.

“These include helicopters, vehicles, ambulances, tents, assorted food items, blankets and mattresses,” he added.

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