By Gom Mirian, Abuja
In furtherance to shield the country from coronavirus, the Military has declared its intention to enforce curbs on movement in line with the federal Government’s directives.
Coordinator, Directorate of Defence Media Operations (CDDMO), Major General John Enenche made the declaration at a news conference on Monday, while updating Newsmen on the Armed Forces’s preparedness against the Covid-19 pandemic at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
Major General Enenche, who explained Nigerian military’s preparedness in support of the Federal Government towards tackling the COVID 19 pandemic, said it has made available 17 isolation and treatment centres across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
According to him, the 17 isolation and treatment centres were spread across the zones as follows : “In the south west geopolitical zone there are two centers namely ; 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba and 2 Division Hospital, Ibadan, South South; Military Hospital, Port Harcourt, Navy Reference Hospital, Calabar and Military Hospital, Benin, South East;211 Regiment Group Medical Centre, Owerri and 82 Division Military Hospital, Enugu. ”
Others include : “North Central; 161 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Makurdi and 22 Brigade Medical Centre, Ilorin,North West; 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna and 465 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Kano, 263 Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital, Daura and 119 Composite Group Medical Centre, Sokoto, while the North East; 261 Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital, Bauchi, 163 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Yola, 7 Division Military Hospital, Maiduguri and 27 Task Force Brigade Field Ambulance, Damaturu.
Enenche further disclosed that its medical personnel were sent to be trained on the management of Covid-19 cases, adding over 48 Disaster Response Units have been established by the military for non kinetic operations to work closely with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in cases of eventualities.
“A good number of Armed Forces of Nigerian medical personnel have been earmarked to be trained on the management of COVID – 19 cases, which will be done in liaison with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“In the same vein, about 48 Disaster Response Units of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are on Notice To Move in conjunction with NEMA. These units will handle operations other than medicals that may arise in the course of this non kinetic military operation. He said.
The coordinator, while appealing to the citizens to comply with the new directives, said the fight against Covid-19 can be achieved by adhering to all the medical and administrative guidelines provided by government at all levels.