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Coronavirus: Nigerian military scales up response, recalls retired medical personnel

The Nigerian military has scaled up response to tackle the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) with the creation of additional isolation and treatment centre, and the training of 80 of its active medical personnel.

John Enenche, coordinator, Defence Media Operation who mad this known on Friday said the armed forces of Nigeria have also began processes to recall its retired personnel to support the fight against the pandemic.

The additional isolation centre according to Enenche is located at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town, Ojo in Lagos.

He also said the 80 medical personnel are being trained in batches and would soon be deployed to the various units they would serve.

The Coordinator further informed that the  Nigerian Air Force is currently operating at full capacity and its Liquefied Oxygen (LOX) Plant at the 103 Strike Group (103 STG) at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola 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 said.

Enenche further clarified that the viral videos trending online showing men in uniform are not genuine.

“The general public should please disregard these videos and consider it as actions of mischief makers who intend to tarnish the good image, integrity and sterling achievements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

“It is should be understood that the directives are in the best interest of the Nigerian populace, in order to prevent the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

 

Godsgift Onyedinefu, Abuja 

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