In response to the recent spike in COVID-19 infections across the Country, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the Nigerian Air Force Liquid Oxygen Plant at the 103 Strike Group, Yola to scale up the production of Liquid Oxygen for distribution to COVID-19 Management Centres.
A Statement by the director public relations and information, Air vice marshal Ibikunle Daramola says In compliance with this directive, the Service, December 16, 2020, distributed 117 cylinders of Liquid OXygen to two COVID-19 Management Centres in Abuja. The beneficiary Centres are the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwawalada and the Department of State Services Medical Centre, Asokoro.
Commissioned on July 10, 2017, the 103 Strike Group Liquid OXygen Plant Yola, has the capacity to produce 1,000 litres of Liquid OXygen every 8 hours, which is in excess of the NAF’s requirements for its air operations and for use in its Medical Centres across the Nation.
The Liquid OXygen Plant has, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, been producing clinical oxygen for distribution to COVID-19 Management Centres and designated Hospitals, as part of measures to support the management of serious COVID-19 cases.
The Chief of Air Staff has assured that the NAF will sustain the free provision of Liquid Oxygen, in addition to airlift missions, in continued support of the Government’s efforts towards combating the COVID-19 Pandemic.