Nigerian Armed Forces pledge to Invoke Movement Restrictions Over COVID-19

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By Emmanuel Iorbee, Abuja

The head, Directorate of Media Operation of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Major General, John Enenche, has pledge that the Force would Invoke Movement restriction in the country.

Gen. Enenche stated this during a Press briefing at the Defence Headquarters on Monday said, the enforcement and restrictions is in line with the Presidents Mohammadu Buhari’s directive during his National address to the nation on COVID 19 Pandemic that says, all movements from Lagos, Abuja and Ogun for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020 be restricted.

The General, informed that the Committee headed by the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Major General Leo Irabor, has been setup to interfaced with all relevant Ministries, departments and Agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria in managing the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Eneche added that, there are 17 isolation and treatment centres spread across the 6 geopolitical zones of the Country to tackle the pandemic. The South west according to are; 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba and 2 Division Hospital, Ibadan. The South South are Military Hospital, Port Harcourt, Navy Reference Hospital, Calabar and Military Hospital, Benin.

South East he said are 211 Regiment Group Medical Centre, Owerri, 82 Division Military Hospital, Enugu.

North Central. He also said are 161 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Makurdi, 22 Brigade Medical Centre, Ilorin.

North West are 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.

North East are 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 respectively.

Gen. Enenche explained that a good number of Armed Forces of Nigerian medical personnel would be trained on the management of COVID 19 cases, which will be done in liaison with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He further that about 48 Disaster Response Units of the Nigerian Armed Forces 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

He call on the general public to withing this period adhered strictly medical and administrative guidelines to stop the spread of Coronavirus also know as COVID 19.

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