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Health ministry upgrading emergency response to support Kaduna airport

ATIKU SARKI, Abuja

Following the recent announcement by the Federal Ministry of Aviation to close the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport ,Abuja for six weeks to  repair  the runway and transfer its operations to Kaduna Airport, the Federal Ministry of Health is taking a special care to upgrade emergency response and health care services to modern standards to support the effort.The Minister of State for health Ministry, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who disclosed this while briefing news men in Abuja, said the plans were being developed in collaboration with partners and stakeholders through an ad hoc technical working group.

He said six strategic located health centres of intervals along the Abuja –Kaduna highways have been assessed and identified as primary response centres having working with commissioners of health of Kaduuna and Niger states

The Minister further explained that the National Eye Centre in Kaduna has also been designated as a primary response centre.

According to him, the primary response centres have been contracted to be linked with Trauma centres at your Referral Hospitals in Abuja, National Hospital and Abuja University Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, and Kaduna the 44 Army Referral Hospital and Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Base medical centre.

The goal he said is have a total of eleven ambulances staged with trained personnel who will be stationed at the designated facilities along the highway.

Dr. Osaigie also stated that the Nigeria Police Force will be on patrol as part of the security response and shall be present near the Health centres at every accident scene while the Federal Fire Service, FRSC and NEMA shall strategically position rapid intervention vehicles and be on hand to rescue and extract victims who may be trapped in wreckage.

He also explain that plans are initiated to support bloods banks at two designated health facilities along the corridor including the Kaduna state owned General Hospital in Doka.

 

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