Public Health Emergency declared at military base in Djibouti over COVID-19 - AFRICOM

# 04:30
24 April 2020

The public health emergency declaration applies to all personnel, including service members, Department of Defence civilians and contractor personnel withing the Djibouti Base Cluster, APA reports citing Sputnik.

US Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Turello, who is a commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, declared a public health emergency for all US personnel under his authority at Camp Lemonnier Djibouti, Chabelley Airfield and any American personnel working at the Port of Djibouti.

"Combating COVID-19 is my top priority. By declaring public health emergency, it keeps our forces, and those of our host national partner, as healthy and safe as possible", Turello said in a statement.

PHE will be initially effective for 30 days, and its implementation will "ensure preventive measure compliance for non-uniformed populations to include DoD civilians and contractors". It will also allow to re-purpose any facility at a Djibouti Base Cluster installation to respond the COVID-19 outbreak.

"This preventive measure factors in our mission responsibilities as well as the health of our force and Djiboutian partners. We are doing our part to contain the virus and minimise the impact. This is how we work in the current environment", Turello said.

There are currently 986 confirmed coronavirus cases in Djibouti with 2 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University Resource Centre data.

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is a US dynamic operational headquarters established 2002 that states its goals as "countering violent extremist organizations in East Africa".