- The Nigerian military has been consistent in contributing its own quota to the fight against COVID-19 in the country
- An additional 220 medical personnel from the armed forces have joined the health workers in the fight against COVID-19
- This brings to 300, the total number of medical personnel so far trained by the military to manage the pandemic
The Nigerian armed forces have trained an additional 220 medical personnel to join the country's health workers in the management COVID-19.
This brings to 300, the total number of medical personnel so far trained by the military to manage the pandemic.
This was made known by the coordinator defence media operations, Major-General John Enenche, during a press briefing held at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, May 21.
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According to Major-General Enenche, the personnel were trained at Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Enugu and Abuja.
He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria had made available a total of 21 medical facilities to be used as isolation and treatment centres in intervention in the containment of COVID-19 pandemic.
His words: “Recall that at the commencement of Armed Forces of Nigeria’s intervention in the containment of COVID-19 pandemic, it made available 21 medical facilities to be used as isolation and treatment centres.
“Additionally, 80 medical personnel were concentrated in Abuja and trained on COVID-19 case management/infection prevention and control, who were thereafter deployed to different geo-political zones of the country and the FCT.
“Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, it was considered necessary to train additional personnel in selected hospitals across the Armed Forces of Nigeria to boost the capacity of medical personnel in the management of COVID-19.
“The training package is a train-the-trainer, where the beneficiaries are expected to train other personnel at hospitals, related medical facilities and other places of deployment, to enhance capacity building in the management of the pandemic.”
He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria COVID-19 case management/IPC training will be conducted in 8 designated military centres across the country.
They include Headquarters 1 Division Kaduna, 6 Division Port Harcourt, 7 Division Maiduguri, 81 Division Lagos and Headquarters 82 Division Enugu.
Others are Headquarters Eastern Naval Command Calabar, Headquarters Tactical Air Command Makurdi and Headquarters Guards Brigade Abuja.
The Nigerian military has been heavily involved in the battle against the pandemic in the country.
Medical supplies and health personnel have also been airlifted across the country by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
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