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Armed forces to implement presidential directive on COVID-19 –DHQ

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Abayomi Olonisakin

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said the military is ready to implement presidential directives to check the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

The Defence spokesman had on Friday highlighted the level of preparedness of the military to support the Federal Government towards tackling the pandemic.

He stated that the military would provide medical and security support to the federal government in the quest to halt the spread of the disease.

On the medical support, Enenche said a committee had been put in place to interface with all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

According to him, the committee is headed by the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor.

He said the 17 isolation and treatment centres earmarked by the military were spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

According to him, in the South West, the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba and 2 Division Hospital, Ibadan, have been prepared for the mission.

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He said the Military Hospital, Port Harcourt, Navy Reference Hospital, Calabar and Military Hospital, Benin were list in the South South.

The 211 Regiment Group Medical Centre, Owerri and 82 Division Military Hospital, Enugu were designated in the South East.

“North Central has 161 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Makurdi, 22 Brigade Medical Centre in Ilorin.

“In the North West, 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, 465 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Kano, 263 Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital, Daura and 119 Composite Group Medical Centre, Sokoto were considered.

“The 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 were designated in the North East,’’ he concluded.

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