- The Armed Forces of Nigeria are now complementing the efforts of Nigerian medical workers to fight COVID-19
- 80 medical personnel have been trained by the military and they would be deployed to isolation centres
- Also, the military has provided an additional isolation and treatment centre, located in Lagos, bringing the number to 18
The Nigerian military has trained 80 of its medical personnel to join the efforts of the federal government to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
This was disclosed by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, on Friday, March 3, during a press briefing at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
According to Enenche, the medical personnel will now be deployed to the various isolation centres across the country to assist other medical experts on the field.
He revealed that the recalling of retired armed forces medical personnel is in progress.
He also announced that the military has provided an additional isolation and treatment centre, located at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town, Ojo in Lagos, bringing the number to 18 centres.
The military had earlier announced that 17 of its medical facilities are ready to be used as isolation centres.
The military has also activated its Liquefied Oxygen (LOX) Plant at the 103 Strike Group (103 STG) at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola.
According to Major-General Enenche, the plant is on 24 hours operation to ensure uninterrupted production of pure Liquefied Oxygen
The Liquefied Oxygen is being gasified and will be stored in cylinders for immediate supply to isolation centres and designated hospitals as will be directed, he stated.
Recall that the Nigerian Armed Forces recorded its index case recently as Nigeria battles the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Major-General Enenche said the officer was having symptoms of the dreaded coronavirus and was admitted to a military hospital after which the appropriate authorities were contacted, and he tested positive.
He said the officer has since been moved to Gwagwalada isolation centre in Abuja and is now responding to treatment.
He said the officer had attended a training overseas with some colleagues even as the result of his colleagues came back negative.
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