Over 700 patients benefitted from a free medical care programme organised by the Nigerian Army in Nasarawa state. The free medical care featured screening, consultation, dental care and distribution of drugs.
The exercise which took place in Akwanga and the commissioning of a clinic in Akpata by the Chief of Army Staff,Lt. General Yusuf Buratai were done by the Nigerian Army, under the civil military relations projects.
Buratai flagged off the exercise in Akwanga, the headquarters of Akwanga local government area of the state. Speaking during the exercise at Chun Mada’s palace, Akwanga, Buratai, said the gesture was part of efforts to enhance civil-military relations. Buratai, also said that the gesture was to complement government efforts in medical service delivery.
“This is to get closer to the people and demonstrate the fact that we are hired by Nigerians to defend Nigeria. So, we are here to extend a hand of fellowship to the people by providing them with medical care.
“It is part of the outreach designed to further cement our relations with the people we serve. Everywhere we go, we try to do this,’’ the Chief of Army Staff said. He described the outreach as a comprehensive package intended to give succour to the people.
He called on Nigerians to feed the military and other security agencies in the country with useful information that will lead to halting security challenges in the country. Responding, the Chun Mada, Samson Gamu Yare, who thanked the Buratai for the visit, commended the military for bringing the free medical care to his domain.
The Chun Mada also praised the military for defeating insurgency in the north east and curbing security challenges in the country. Mrs Christy Audu, one of the beneficiaries with dental problem, thanked the army for the free medical service, saying that she had not been able to seek medical help due to lack of money. Mrs Hassana Musa, Hannah Sarki and others, who benefited from the free distribution of drugs also thanked the army for its kind gesture.