Nigerian Army offers medical outreach to thousands in Kaduna.

Asma’u Halilu

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The Nigerian Army has provided free medical outreach to the less privileged and physically challenged persons in Rigachikun community of Kaduna State.

 

The free services provided, included diagnosis and management of common diseases which is complimenting the activities of the COAS annual conference 2019 holding in Kaduna.

 

While making observations at the outreach center, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Yusuf Buratai said the free services includes dental services, eye/visual testing, diabetes screening, tuberculosis screening and hypertension screening.

 

Represented by the Chief of Administration, Major General Musa Yusuf, COAS made distribution of wheelchairs, eye glasses, crouches, tricycle wheelchairs and insecticide treated nets.

 

He said as part of the Army’s civil corporate responsibility, such outreaches are usually carried out in communities around the Army barracks and also areas where Army conducts operations and services.

 

COAS mentioned that, the purpose of the medical outreach was to identify with the people, especially, the physical challenged persons who were given wheelchairs at the center.

 

“Doctors have been brought here to take diagonosis and offer treatments. We have set up a lab and also a drug where all the necessary drugs are kept to be given to patients whose cases can be handled here”.

 

He said cases that are beyond the outreach center will be referred to 44 Army refrence hospital for further treatments.

 

“Since the resumption of COAS into office, the Army established a Civil-Military department in order to priotise and relate well with the civil populace, hence the outreach”.

 

While expressing gratitude to the Nigerian Army for the kind gesture, the District head of Rigachikun, Alhaji Abubakar Jafar said the outreach was apt and has helped a lot of families who could not afford medical services.

 

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