The Military Authorities on Wednesday said three more military hospitals have been provided for the treatment and isolation of Corona virus patients across the country.
The hospitals are the Nigerian Navy Hospital Warri, Delta State, the Nigerian Navy Medical Centre Borokiri Port Harcourt and Nigeria Navy Logistics School Medical Centre, Owerrinta, Abia state bringing the total to 21 Centres.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche who made the disclosure at a briefing in Abuja, also noted that 80 Armed Forces Medical personnel have concluded their training in the handling and treatment of COVID patients and have been deployed.
Major General Enenche said the capacity of the military hospitals range from 20 to 100 beds per hospital saying, “For now we feel the 80 personnel trained are okay for the medium term. But if there is need for more personnel, we will embark on approach of the trainer training more trainees.
Asked about the exact roles the military is scheduled to play in combating the pandemic, the Coordinator said, “We will be involved in the management of patients when they are brought into the isolation centers.
“There are special gadgets which our personnel have been trained on how to handle and administer. Like how to handle those who test positive and the precautionary way of doing it so that we don’t experience further medical casualty”.
“Presently, the stage that we are in now is inspection of equipment”, citing the recently donated 500 respirators airlifted by the Nigerian Airforce and many others that would be donated or acquired.
Furthermore, he said, “The military is working with the Presidential Task Force on Covid 19 and the NCDC. It is not costing the military any money because nobody saw this coming or budgeted for it. So the Presidential Task Force and NCDC are responsible for everything.
On the promise by the military to make oxygen available for isolation centers, Enenche said “Oxygen is already being produced and packaged into cylinders at the Nigerian Airforce facility in Yola, Adamawa state and they are ready for distribution to hospitals when needed.
“The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to thank the general public for their understanding and compliance with the Presidential Directive in respect of the lockdown.
“It is should be understood that the directive is in the best interest of the Nigerian populace, in order to prevent the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic”, he added.
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