- The Nigerian military says its operations across the country will continue despite the outbreak of coronavirus in the country
- The military also said it is on standby to assist government hospitals as Nigeria records more cases in the last few days
- Military authorities also say sensitization messages have been sent to all barracks and the theatre of operations nationwide
The Nigerian military says its operations across the country will go on despite the outbreak of the dread COVID19 pandemic.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, made this known at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, March 23.
Enenche said the Nigerian military can not suspend its operations in the country because “operations are not conducted in enclosures but in the open.”
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Responding to reporters a question on the military preparedness for the pandemic, he said sensitization messages have been sent to all barracks and the theatre of operations nationwide.
He also disclosed that all medical outfits of the Nigerian military are on standby in case they are called upon by the federal government to assist public hospitals.
He said the hospitals are well-equipped with modern facilities to quarantine patients and treat patients.
The four hospitals are the Nigerian Air Force hospital, Abuja; 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna; Military Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers state and Military Hospital in the Yaba area of Lagos state.
“I want you to know that four of our military hospitals have been put on standby and with facilities as part of contributions to support the Federal Ministry of Health.
“We have all four of them with adequate facilities to quarantine and eventually treat.
“As a backup, like what we are hearing in other countries to enforce lockdown, if there is going to be a lockdown, yes, we have the resources to lock down if it comes up,” Enenche said.
Already, the National Defence College clinic in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has been handing out the sanitizers to people for free.
This is as many stores in the city hiked the prices of hand sanitizers and face masks in the last few weeks.
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