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Defence ministry sets up health emergency unit

The Ministry of Defence has established a health emergency unit called Defence Outbreak Response Unit.

According to the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Ibrahim Kana, the unit will act as the Nigerian Military Task Force that will liaise with the African Partners Outbreak Alliance to tackle epidemics within the African continent.

The Director of Press, Victoria-Agba Attah, on Monday, said Kana stated this during the opening ceremony of the Site Commanders/Team Leaders meeting in Abuja.

He also promised the Federal Government planned to provide improved healthcare to troops and their families.

According to the Permanent Secretary, the Nigerian Ministry of Defence Health Implementation Programme and US Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa/Nigeria are working out modalities for HIV prevention, care, and treatment, including providing support services to military personnel, their families, and civilians living within and around the barracks.

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