Emergency Agency Strengthens Safety At Kaduna Airport
Air travellers have started using the Kaduna International Airport, amidst repair works still ongoing.
While the number of travellers coming into the airport and out has continued to increase, building construction workers are still seen carrying on with their repair works.
Airlines meant to use the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja have had their flights rerouted to Kaduna to make room for runway repairs at Nigeria’s capital city airport.
Some international airlines, however, are yet to schedule flights for the Kaduna Airport.
Security concerns have also been raised by travellers and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is making efforts to address them, providing essential transport logistics to the airport to ensure safety.
On Friday, NEMA sent in one rescue helicopter, three Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Ambulances and three Rapid Intervention Vehicles.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the spokesman for the agency, Mr Sani Datti, announced the deployment through a press statement on Friday in Abuja.
Mr Datti said that the intervention was in line with safety measures put in place by the agency, following the six-week closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
He said that NEMA was committed to joining stakeholders in providing support for emergency operation in the state as it would be experiencing heavy flow of travellers in the coming weeks.
He further stated that the helicopter would be used for medical patrol while the ambulances and the RIVs would be stationed at strategic points, in case of emergency.
"One of the ambulances and vehicles is stationed at the Kaduna International Airport, another on the Kaduna-Abuja road and the third, between along Jere and Katari towns.
"The MICU ambulances serve as mobile hospitals to administer first aid treatment and stabilisation for trauma victims on their way to the hospital.
"The ambulance has the capacity to carry one critical victim and one less critical victim
"The RIVs are used for search and rescue to fight fire rapidly and extricate victims trapped in accident vehicles or collapsed structure," he said.
Datti further stated that in case of an emergency, NEMA could be reached through its North West Zonal Office at 15, Wurno Road, Unguwan Sarki, Kaduna or through its emergency call numbers.
The agency also released toll free numbers for calls - 080022556362 or the National Emergency Number, 112.