White House Responds: Troops Set to Deploy to Africa

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CNN — The pentagon announced Friday that about 120 Fort Bragg troops will deploy to Africa on a humanitarian aid mission.

A Pentagon spokesman says they will help establish infrastructure, health facilities and emergency treatment units.

Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg is already planning and training to handle any soldiers who might get sick on the mission.

“We’ve got the hazmat gear or the personal protective equipment that we have already trained our people on. We’re continuing to train more people on, in the process of being able to take care of those patients while in ICU. Now our capacity is not extensive for those rooms. We can end up taking about three or four patients here and treating them. If we had to do a large-scale operation that would require some additional support,” Col. Jeff Morgan with Womack Army Medical Center said.

Fort Bragg troops are expected to start deploying later this month. Until then, the troops will get extra training on protecting themselves from the virus.

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