The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been presented with accreditation certificate in aviation medicine. The certificate was presented to the NAF by the Head of Aero-medical Standard, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Wilfred Haggai at a brief ceremony in Lagos. Dr Wilfred congratulated the NAF and expressed his satisfaction with the level of partnership between the Service and civil organisations which led to the achievement. With the accreditation, 561 NAF Hospital, Ikeja can now conduct aircrew annual medical examination for both military and civil pilots in Nigeria. In addition to this feat, two NAF flight surgeons, Wing Commander Alfred Ayodeji Ogbonna and Squadron Leader Joshua Danji were also recognised by NCAA as certified aviation medical examiners in Nigeria.
Receiving the certificate on behalf of the NAF, the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Yahaya expressed delight at the historic feat noting that the process that culminated in the accreditation started seven years ago. “It is a thing of joy today that we have been given certification to examine civil air crew. The level of training of two of our doctors was also checked by NCAA and was found to be of international standard. The doctors were therefore found worthy of being certified as aero-medical examiners. The two doctors that have been issued seal can now give certified medical examination to air crew and it would be recognised internationally”, the AOC said.