The Nigeria Air Force has produced emergency fans to support the fight against the deadly COVID-19.
The fans were unveiled on Wednesday at the Nigeria Air Force Institute of Technology in Kaduna State by Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Abubakar, represented by Deputy Air Marshal Remigius Ekeh, said the Nigerian Air Force has partnered with the veterinary medicine faculty at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, to test the effectiveness of the fan using models of dogs and pigs.
This, he said, is to demonstrate the ability of emergency ventilators to ventilate patients with respiratory diseases, including acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
He added that the devastating effect of COVID-19 requires ingenious and proactive measures to be taken to protect lives and prevent any form of national tragedy.
The Nigerian Air Force, added Abubakar, continues to pursue a robust and results-oriented research and development policy, with an emphasis on providing indigenous technological solutions.
This includes the mass production of face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as the supply of liquid oxygen to designated hospitals and isolation centers across the country.
The Air Force has also engaged in strategic partnerships with some Ministries, Departments and Agencies, in order to reduce Nigeria's dependence on industrialized nations.