The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, has deployed 80 military medical personnel across its 21 isolation hospitals in the six geopolitical zones of the country to assist the Federal Government’s efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The military authorities noted on Wednesday that its production of liquefied oxygen at its oxygen plant in the Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola, Adamawa State, was also completed and ready for distribution nationwide.
The Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, stated this on Wednesday during a press conference in Abuja, while speaking on the military’s preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The DMO coordinator noted that the hospitals had not received any patient yet, but deployment of equipment and personnel had been completed including ventilators donated by the Jack Ma Foundation.
Enenche said, “We have provided three additional facilities for isolation and treatment of patients to the initial 18 hospitals and we now have 21.
“The three are the Nigerian Navy Hospital, Warri; the Nigerian Navy Medical Centre, Borokiri, Port Harcourt; and the Nigerian Navy Logistics School Medical Centre, Owerrinta, bringing the total to 21 centres. In addition, 80 armed forces medical personnel have been trained and deployed to the various centres to provide medical support.
“The oxygen production in Yola is done. They are putting it into cylinders. They have already packaged them and they are awaiting distribution. That is, take such and such quantity to such and such location. That’s the level we are. Jack Ma is giving us 100 ventilators for the military hospitals.”
Speaking further on Wednesday, Enenche insisted that the military would not deploy soldiers to enforce the 14-day lockdown order unless there was an express directive from the Presidential task force which had yet to come.
He said, “The armed forces will only come in if the Presidential Task Force, working together with the state agencies, the police and other law enforcement authorities, finds it necessary for the armed forces to come in. But as I speak to you, that necessity has not arisen.”