– The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has extended its medical and surgical outreach to Bayelsa state
– The gesture is in furtherance of the NAF’s profound humanitarian efforts – It is geared towards alleviating the suffering of the victims of the recent flood disaster The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has extended its medical and surgical outreach to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Igbogene community in Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa state
It gathered that the gesture is in furtherance of the NAF’s humanitarian efforts geared towards alleviating the suffering of the victims of the recent flood disaster caused by heavy rainfall in parts of the country. The medical outreach, which commenced on Thursday, October 11, is expected to last for 5 days and would cater to the medical needs of about 4,000 persons including women, children and the aged.
According to a statement sent to journalists by NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the initiative followed the directive by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to the NAF medical services branch to immediately find means of assuaging the suffering of the victims of the unfortunate flood disaster. While speaking during the opening ceremony, the Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command (AOC MC), Air Vice Marshal Napoleon Bali, who represented the CAS, stated that the NAF would always be ready to deploy its resources to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians.
He encouraged the IDPs to take advantage of the high quality, free medical services that would be provided, adding that general and eye surgeries would be conducted at the NAF medical centre in Yenagoa. The leader of the medical team and director of public health and humanitarian services, Headquarters NAF, Group Captain Azubuike Chukwuka, explained further that the medical outreach was being undertaken as part of NAF’s constitutional role of providing military aid to civil authority.
Services that would be provided during the 5-day medical outreach include free medical consultations and drug, laboratory investigations, prescription eyeglasses, treated mosquito nets as well as general and eye surgeries, for those with conditions requiring minor surgical interventions. NAF recently conducted similar medical outreaches for flood victims at Zungeru in Wushishi local government area of Niger state and Jibia in Jibia local government of Katsina state, with over 5,000 persons benefiting.