Coronavirus: Nigerian military produces 18,000 PPE kits, hand sanitizers
- The Nigerian military said it has produced 18,000 PPE kits to support the federal government in its bid to contain COVID-19 spread
- The protective equipment is being produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON)
- DICON has also over 1500 dozens of hand sanitizers to be distributed to the troops of the Nigerian Army
The Nigerian Armed Forces has produced 18,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits in a bid to support the federal government's efforts in containing the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Major General John Enenche, the coordinator of Defence Media Operations, said in a statement on Monday, April 20, that the move was in response to the directive from the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) asking the Armed Forces to come up with a strategic intervention to support the federal government.
Legit.ng gathers that the PPE kits were produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), a division of the Armed Forces that produces defence equipment.
The PPE kits according to the statement consists of standardized gowns, face shield and nose masks.
They are currently being produced in large quantities for use by the Kaduna state government and other national stakeholders.
Major General Victor Ezugwu who heads DICON had mobilized the management and staff to research, develop, produce and produce several COVID-19 essential and life-saving equipment.
DICON has so far produced over 1500 dozens of DICSanz, a high-quality hand sanitizer which is to be distributed to the troops of the Nigerian Army after final approval by NAFDAC.
Also, DICON engineers, consultants and medical teams have successfully produced a digital mechanical ventilator known as DICOVENT.
The newly designed low-cost machine is a simple mechanical ventilator that can deliver positive pressured ventilation using a volume-controlled ventilation (VCV) system.
The ventilator has undergone thorough scrutiny and assessment by specialists from top ranging hospitals and experts in the country.
The statement, however, noted that the ventilator may not be able to meet the high demands of critical patients.
Enenche noted that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG) who also doubles as the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha and the minister of health, Prof Osagie Ehanire, have commended the Armed Forces' initiative.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government on Tuesday, April 14, announced that it received a grant of €50 million from the European Union to fight coronavirus pandemic.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in Abuja, the nation's capital.
The grant was announced by the head of EU delegation in Nigeria, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, at a meeting with President Buhari in Abuja.
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