News Investigators/ The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lasisi Adegboye, has urged military medical personnel to respond appropriately to service delivery and safety concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Adegboye, a major-general, made the call while inaugurating a COVID-19 Case Management/Infection Prevention and Control Training for members of medical team of the Armed Forces of Nigeria on Friday in Enugu.
The GOC also tasked the medical personnel on case identification and notification on COVID-19 cases.
He urged the participants to be attentive and learn as much as they could “as it is a train-the-trainers programme’’, aimed at scaling down the outcome to other cadres in various medical formations in the military.
“The training you are about to undergo is designed to improve the knowledge and capacity of participants to respond appropriately to service delivery and safety concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, due to the rising cases of COVID-19 across the states in the federation, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in his wisdom deemed it appropriate to train additional medical personnel in selected hospitals among the armed forces.
“This is meant to boost our response capacity in the management of the pandemic.
“It is also intended to guide participants on how to effectively protect themselves and families as well as patients or clients from contracting COVID-19 while rendering basic healthcare services to the barrack community and general public at large.
“Above all, the training you are about to acquire, will also enable you as participants to contribute your quota to COVID-19 surveillance and containment through prompt identification and notification of cases,’’ he said.
The GOC thanked the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Burutai, for approving and hosting the training at the Division.
“The COAS approved and supported this training even in the face of limited resources and other pressing demand at his table. This shows the importance he attached to this training,’’ he said.
The participants, numbering 42, were drawn from the Navy, Air Force and Army medical hospitals within the South-East.
The training is facilitated by a lead resources person, Mary Atang, a Wing Commander, Training Officer, Ministry of Defence.