As its contributions to the fight against the novel coronavirus, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has produced locally-made ventilators.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal (AM) Sadique Abubakar, announced this during Eid-el-Fitri lunch with troops of the Air Task Force, Operation Lafiya Dole, at the NAF 105 Composite Command, Maiduguri on Monday.
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.
Stating further on the contributions of NAF, to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, Abubakar said the body had distributed reusable face mask 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 continuous vigilance and ensure strict adherence to necessary guidelines and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19,’’ he said.
The CAS said that despite the challenges of competing resources, occasioned by the COVID-19 induced lockdown, NAF has maintained the tempo of its operations, not only in the North East, but other parts of the country.