- The Nigerian military is ready to contribute its own quota to the fight against coronavirus
- 17 medical facilities owned by the military have been designated as isolation centres
- The military authorities also say there are plans to recall retired medical personnel to complement those in active service
The Nigerian military says it has designated 17 of its medical facilities as isolation centres across the country as Nigeria continues its fight against the global pandemic - coronavirus.
This was disclosed by the coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche at a recent press briefing to outline the military's plans to aid civil authorities in the fight against the pandemic.
The military authorities also say there are plans to recall retired medical personnel to complement those in active service.
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Already, a committee has been constituted at the Defence Headquarters to ensure that the armed forces of Nigeria provide the necessary support to the federal government of Nigeria at this critical time.
“It is mainly a non-kinetic military operation with major features of civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) activities.
“Equally, it is in line with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) lines of conducting contemporary military operations in Nigeria,” Major-General Enenche said.
He added that “the armed forces of Nigeria will activate its disaster response units across the country in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Agency.”
“These units will be responsible for the security management of emergencies other than medicals,” he stated.
Recall that the Nigerian military had earlier said its operations across the country will go on despite the outbreak of the pandemic.
The military says its operations in the country cannot be suspended because “operations are not conducted in enclosures but in the open.”
Earlier this week, the medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to Nigeria were airlifted to Abuja from Lagos by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
The supply was moved from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport. Lagos to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja by the NAF.
Legit.ng had reported that the Chineses billionaire fulfilled his promise to donate medical equipment to tackle coronavirus in Africa.
African countries have been receiving the donations since Sunday, March 22 when the first batch of equipment arrived Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
The flight carried 5.4 million face masks, kits for 1.08 million detection tests, 40,000 sets of protective clothing and 60,000 sets of protective face shields.
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