The Nigerian Army has offered free medical services to over 500 residents of Kpaduma in Guzape District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as part of activities to mark its 2017 day celebration.
In another development the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), donated four wheel chair, two stretchers, a stethoscope, antiseptics, blankets and other items to the Mararaba Medical Centre in Nasarawa State.
The Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) is marked on July 6 of every year.
Chief of Military/Civil Affairs, Maj.-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, while speaking during the outreach, said the gesture was to touch the lives of the people apart from assisting civil authority to ensure their security.
“We believe that apart from the kinetic operations, our operations against the Boko Haram in the North-East, we also think it is necessary that we touch the citizens’ live to let them know that we are part of them.
“This is the little we can contribute to enhance their well being,’’ Angbazo said.
Responding the Chief of Kpaduma, Chief Bitrus Yakubu, thanked the army for the gesture and pleaded with them to extend it by one day.
A medical personnel, Paul Eni, who participated in the free medical service, said that common ailment among them were malaria, hypertension and worm infestation.
Wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs Ummah Buratai, represented Mrs Zainab Garba, said that Mararaba Medical Centre was chosen for the gesture because the satellite town is densely populated.
“The people require such a little assistance that will go a long way in addressing their health needs, and this hospital being located here serves so many people. That is why we chose this centre,’’ she said.
For his part, the Medical Superintendent of the centre, Dr. Nzute Malachi, thanked NAOWA for the donation.
Malachi said that the donated items would go a long in addressing some of the challenges the centre had in the areas of medical equipment.