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Nigeria, Federal Republic of

Capital: AbujaArea: 923 . 768 km2Population: 170 . 000 . 000Official Language: EnglishArmed Forces Personnel: 80 . 000Military hospitals / institutes / schools: 12 / 4 /
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Surgeon General
Obashina Ogunbiyi
Major General MC

Commander Nigerian Medical Corps
Ministry of Defence
Abuja
NIGERIA

Basic Main Task of the Military Medical Service

The basic task of provision of medical cover for military operations and exercises and peace support operations at home and abroad is carried out by the individual medical services of the Army, Navy and Air Force as there is no unified armed forces medical service as of now.

Structure

The Nigerian Armed Forces is composed of three services - Army, Navy and Air Force. Each of the three services has a Service Chief and the Office of Chief of Defence Staff coordinates the joint activities. The Army, Navy and the Air Force each has a corresponding Medical Corps/Services and headed by the Corps Commander Medical (Army) and Director Medical Service (Navy and Air Force).

Military Hospitals
Medical facilities of secondary and tertiary levels run by the military include:
DHQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Army . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Navy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Air Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Training and Research Institutes
The Nigerian Army and the Navy each has a school of medical sciences for the training of middle level health care personnel. In addition the Nigerian Army has a College of Nursing for award of Higher National Diploma in Nursing. The DHQ has a DNA research/analysis laboratory in Abuja and the Armed Forces Blood Transfusion centre at Port Harcourt. The NMOD-HIP in collaboration with the USDOD Walter Reed Programme Nigeria has the following research institutes:
• BSL-3 Research Reference Laboratory at Abuja
• Clinical Research Centre Abuja
• Centre for Training and Clinical Research 44 NARH Kaduna
• Centre for Infectious Diseases 45 NAFH Makurdi
• Centre for Infectious Diseases 68 NARH Yaba Lagos All the facilities are open to military and non-military.

Field Deployments

Members of the Nigerian armed forces medical services have vast experience in Peace Support Operations (PSOs) with deployment of two level 2 hospitals in Sudan and Mali and the Nigerian Army has an UN level 4 hospital under construction at Kaduna. It has played a key leadership role in ECOMOG operations in Liberia and Sierra Leone and presently is the largest contributor of troops from Africa and second largest in the world for UN operations.

Missions
The medical personnel have taken part in UN/AU medical missions in Congo, Lebanon, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Mali.

Other Special Aspects

Nigerian Ministry of Defence Health Implementation Programme (NMOD-HIP):
The NMOD-HIP is a specialized Health Intervention Pro gramme for the armed forces and is directly under the Ministry of Defence. The NMOD-HIP has 46 military sites through which it carries out its specialized health intervention program.

The NMOD-HIP came into existence in Jan 2015 but it was formerly known as Nigerian Ministry of Defence Emergency Programme Implementation Committee (NMOD-EPIC), which established in 2005 to combat HIV/AIDS infection in the Armed Forces. With the change of name to NMOD-HIP, the mandate has been expanded to handle all infectious diseases of military significance (military medicine) and research. Therefore the NMOD-HIP is responsible for care, treatment and robust research of infectious diseases within the Armed forces Health facilities. It represents the Ministry of Defence in the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in medical disaster management and preparedness and actively collaborates with other agencies such as the USAFRICOM sponsored African Partnership Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA) Force Health Protection Programme. It supports the military health facilities in upgrading infrastructure especially in the laboratory and contributes in continuous training of the health personnel in the military health facilities. NMOD HIP also supports the Nigerian Armed Forces in carrying out military applicant screening for the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force during recruitment exercise and the armed forces cadetship selection board.