By Kingsley Omonobi, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) insisted, Saturday, that the armed forces will not shy away from medical outreaches to Nigerian communities despite the hoax of trying to spread monkey pox.
According to the DHQ, performing other duties aside the operational aspects in such exercise is part of the responsibility of “national security” of which health security is inclusive.
A statement by Major General John Enenche, the Director of Defence Information, said, “The armed forces of Nigeria have been in the global best military practice of impacting on the lives of Nigerians through medical outreaches.
“In this regard, quick impact medical outreaches are usually conducted during deliberate operations such as the war against insurgency and terrorism in the North-East and routine training exercise like Egwu Eke II in the South-East among others.
“Thus, Nigerians should be assured that, the armed forces of Nigeria will continue to carry out their all-encompassing constitutional responsibility of ‘national security’ of which health security is inclusive.
“From the above, and in specific terms, the campaign of calumny against the Nigerian Army regarding the outbreak of monkey pox should be disregarded”.
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