The Nigerian Air force has on Tuesday, kicked off the 2021 week to mark her 57th anniversary with a medical outreach in Kafin Madaki town of Ganjuwa local government area of Bauchi state.
Speaking at Central Primary School Kafin Madaki, the venue of the outreach, Air Officer Commanding, Special Operations, Nigerian Air force Bauchi, Air Vice Marshal Charles Ohwo, said that the free medical outreach is targeted at over 2000 beneficiaries in the host community, Kafin Madaki.
AVM Ohwo who noted that the programme commences with the de-warming of Children and the distribution of mosquito nets noted that services such as Dental, Eye treatment and other health care services are also going to be provided free of charge.
He said that the NAF under the leadership of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall IO Amao DFS, decided to carry out a one-day medical outreach in order to enhance cordial coexistence between its officers and the host communities by providing
access to health care delivery and other humanitarian Services.
AVM Ohwo who chronicled that NAF was created in April 1964, added that the medical outreach was in line with the Nigerian Air Force’s culture of giving back to the community.
“As part of the one week programme, is the medical outreach programme we are conducting today. This outreach is intended to provide quality and comprehensive medical care for over 2,000 persons”, he explained.
He said, “in the course of this one-day outreach, various medical conditions would be diagnosed and treated, while those with complex cases would be referred to the 261 Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital, Bauchi for further evaluation and expert care”.
AVM Ohwo noted that there would also be health education, Counselling, Dental Screening, free medicated glasses, screening for Hypertension, basic laboratory screening and free drugs amongst other services.
While urging the host community to avail themselves for the opportunity, the AVM expressed belief that the gesture will go a long way in helping to improve the
the overall health of the beneficiaries and reduce mortality from preventable diseases.
According to Ohwo, the NAF has over the years, apart from defending the territorial integrity of the country, re-affirms its commitment to periodically reach out to host communities by providing the much needed preventive health services as part of its civil-military relations and social responsibility.
He expressed gratitude to the government and the people of Bauchi state for According to the NAF warm, cordial and peaceful coexistence.
In a keynote address, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, thanked the Nigerian Air force for the gesture, adding that, it will go a long way in assisting the beneficiaries to live a healthy life.
Dr Maigoro who was the guest of honour at the occasion, said apart from helping the beneficiaries, the gesture is going to go a long way in complementing the government’s efforts towards providing sound Health care services to the good people of Bauchi state.
Speaking in a short interview with journalists, the village head of Kafin Madaki, Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu said that the entire people of the area are grateful to NAF for the gesture, adding that it will help the beneficiaries recover from various ailments.
One of the beneficiaries, a 65-year-old Shehu Dan-Rimi who has been battling with eye problem for seven years expressed appreciation that he has been checked by the Doctors and giving all the required medications free of charge for the ailment.
Also, a beneficiary, Hafsat Yunusa who came for medical attention and her daughter, suffering from typhoid and eye problem respectively thanked the Nigerian Air force for the gesture, praying God to bless them abundantly.