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April 19, 2024
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NAF Graduates New Medical Personnel after Completion of Advanced Skills Upgrade Course

From Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna

The Nigerian Air Force School of Medical Sciences and Aviation Medicine (NAFSMSAM) in Kaduna has successfully trained 47 proficient medical personnel, culminating in the completion of an intensive four-week training program.

During the graduation ceremony, the Special Guest of Honour, Air Marshal Hassan Bala Abubakar, represented by the Air Officer Commanding, Air Training Command, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Nnamdi Ananaba, congratulated the graduands on their successful completion of the rigorous courses.

He emphasized that while the graduation marked the end of their training phase, it symbolized the commencement of a new chapter requiring unwavering commitment and dedication to service in order to achieve the overall operational objectives of the NAF in ensuring national security.

Air Marshal Abubakar urged the graduands to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge with innovation, focus, determination, and discipline.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritize the health and well-being of personnel to ensure a healthy and agile fighting force ready to tackle the current security challenges in the nation.

The graduates, equipped with skills in various medical specialties, are poised for deployment to NAF hospitals and operational theatres nationwide.

They are prepared to partake in aeromedical evacuation and rescue missions, upholding the highest standards in healthcare delivery as envisioned by the current leadership of the NAF.

Chief of Medical Services (CMS), AVM Anthony Ekpe, commended the CAS for advancing deliberate training and mission-focused force development within NAF, highlighting the tangible benefits of this initiative in areas such as capacity building, essential allowances, accreditation of the NAF School of Nursing, and enhancing public health and humanitarian services.

The Commandant of NAFSMSAM, Air Commodore Rilwanu Abdullahi, emphasized that the courses’ strategic design aimed to equip participants with essential knowledge and skills to operate as supervisors in their respective medical specialties, qualifying them for high skill levels for career progression in the NAF.

He expressed gratitude to the Chief of Air Staff for approving the integration of the Air Mobile and First Aid Unit (AMFAU) with NAFSMSAM.

The graduation ceremony included a short demonstration by the students on Airway Management, CPR techniques, Combat Patient Assessment utilizing MARCH sequence, and an overview of the 12 golden steps in managing medical emergencies.

Awards were given to those who distinguished themselves during the course of study.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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