COVID-19: Group backs DHQ’s recall of retired personnel

The Concerned Professionals Congress (CPC) has expressed support for ongoing advanced plans by the Defence Headquarters to recall retired military medical personnel to complement those in active service to aid civil authority in flattening the COVID-19 curve across the country.

The plans were being made by the office of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin.

The retired military personnel comprised of doctors, nurses, virologists, pharmacists, epidemiologists, psychologists, laboratory scientists and 

other categories of health care-givers. 

There were hints last night that the processes of their preliminary training and immediate deployment in batches were being finalised at the appropriate levels. 

The group, in a statement jointly issued in Abuja on Sunday by its Chief Media Strategist, Mr. Emeka Nwankpa and the Northern Regional Rapporteur, Kasim Baba Kasim, described the move as a great dimension to ongoing efforts at various levels to mitigate the effects of the virus as well as curb the spread of the global pandemic in the country.

It will be recalled that the coordinator of the newly-created Directorate of Defence Media Operations (DDMO), Maj. General John Enenche, last week at a press briefing announced the decision by the military high command to recall the retired medical personnel to complement those in active service in furtherance of the CDS’ vision as part of the military’s statutory mandate to defend the nation against external aggression which COVID-19 represented. 

The move, Maj Gen. Enenche emphasised, was to provide immediate aid to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) such as deploying military personnel and transporting emergency cases and medical 

supplies by land, maritime and air including supplies donated by Jack Ma Foundation and other medicaments by donors.

Already, 80 Armed Forces Medical personnel have been trained and 

deployed to various centres comprising 21 medical facilities spread across the country and designated for the isolation and treatment of confirmed 

COVID-19 patients such as the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town, Ojo in Lagos, Nigerian Navy Hospital in Warri, the Nigerian Navy Medical Centre, Borokiri Port Harcourt and Nigeria Navy Logistics School Medical Centre, Owerrinta.