COVID-19 :Military produces Personal Preventive Equipment to fight pandemic

April 20, 2020
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The Armed Forces of Nigeria has produced a local content driven response to address the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Nigeria to support the Federal Government in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said that the feat was made possible by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) under the leadership of Major General Victor Ezugwu

He explained that this was in response to the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, to the Armed Forces to articulate strategic intervention to support the Federal Government fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

According to him, “In addition to its primary responsibility to produce defence equipment, DICON has succeeded in diversifying its human, equipment, machinery as well as research and development capacity to support a much-needed strategic intervention to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 in the country.

“First is the production of over 1500 dozens of DICSanz, a high-quality hand sanitizer produced under very strict environmental conditions, requested by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General T.Y. Buratai for supply to troops of the Nigerian Army. This product is at the last stage of NAFDAC registration in line with extant due diligence provisions.”

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