By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
President Muhammadu Buhari is to perform the official commissioning ceremony tomorrow Tuesday of an Ultra-modern newly built and fully equipped Nigerian Air Force, NAF Hospital in Bauchi.
The Nigerian Air Forc, NAF found it extremely necessary to have a full-fledged trauma hospital with good proximity to conflict areas for prompt treatment of live threatening operational injuries, as well as serve as a referral hospital to the force.
Briefing newsmen on the hospital, Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Bauchi, Air vice Marshal Christopher Emeka Okoye said that NAF hospital in Bauchi is expected to render quality medical services to its personnel and member of the Armed Forces of Nigeria generally, especially those engaged in the North East Sub-region of the country.
He explained that the counter insurgency operations in the North East give rise to the need to evacuate casualties to far away distant places like Kaduna where there was the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital and the NAF hospital at the base.
Wing Commander Christopher Okoye said however that with the NAF hospital now in Bauchi, evacuating casualties to those distant places for quality healthcare delivery will be greatly reduce, thus aiding their quick recovery and survival.
It would be recalled that construction work on the Nigerian Air Force Hospital in Bauchi commenced on 26th April, 2016, and equipping of the state of Art hospital took the NAF eight month.
The Nigerian Air Force, Bauchi, a fore runner to the Special Operations came into existence on 1st October, 2015 while the command itself became operational on 23rd September, 2016.
According to commander Okoye, the Bauchi Special Operations Command when fully operational will have units in Gusau, Daura, Katsina (FOB), Owerri, Yola, Jos, and Ipetu Ijesha in Ogun state.
He explained that the establishment of the Special Operations Command in Bauchi is aimed at boosting combat support operations, as it also provide special operations capabilities, particularly in the conflict areas of North East sub-region of the country.
The 60-bed Ultra-modern NAF hospital in Bauchi is fully equipped with modern facilities such as CT scan (computerized tomography scan), Cancer Screening, MRI (in view), Dialysis and Physiotherapy.
Other facilities at the hospital include Digital Radiology, Dental and Eye Clinic, Accident and Emergency wards, as well as Normal, Female and Children wards.
Wing Commander Okoye said that the NAF Hospital in Bauchi will not only serve NAF personnel or members of the Armed Forces, but also the people of Bauchi state whom, he said, have shown the NAF a lot of goodwill and hospitality.
Okoye said currently, the NAF is undertaking outreach program particularly to the immediate communities close to its Bauchi base where various medical treatment are offered as part of civil military relations.
“In fact, as part of the commissioning ceremony, there is one outreach program schedule for today Friday and tomorrow Saturday at Durum and Kuhu communities” he said.
Wing Commander Okoye thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to the Nigerian Air Force and the Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Baba Abubakar for his wisdom in constructing the hospital, as well as Governor Mohammed Abubakar and people of Bauchi state for being host to the NAF.
By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi