The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed a rescue helicopter, three (3) Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Ambulances and three (3) Rapid Intervention Vehicles to Kaduna State to join other stakeholders in providing support for emergency operations in the State, following the (temporal) closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Spokesperson of NEMA, Sani Datti, said the helicopter is to be used for medical patrols, while the three MICU ambulances with the Rapid Intervention Vehicles are stationed along Jere and Katari Towns (along Kaduna-Abuja road) and Kaduna International Airport.
He said, the MICU ambulances would be used to administer First-aid treatment and stabilization for trauma victims on their way to the hospital as it serves as a mobile hospital, with the capacity to carry one critical and one less critical victim; adding that, the Rapid Intervention Vehicles are used for Search and Rescue, fight fire
rapidly and extrication of victims trapped in accident vehicles or collapsed structures.
The Federal Government had announced the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for six weeks, effective from last Wednesday to allow for extensive repairs on the runway, consequently diverting all flights to Kaduna International Airport.