Nigerian Navy renders free medical services, mosquito nets to Borno IDPs
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas has said that to mark Nigerian Navy (NN) 60th anniversary; medical rhapsody and free medical services are being rendered free to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) currently living in various camps in Borno state.
Ibas spoke on Monday in Maiduguri, while flagging of the medical rhapsody and free medical services to over 25, 000 displaced persons at the Dalori II resettlement camp.
He said that the rendering of medical services to insurgency displaced persons was an integral part of Nigerian Navy’s efforts of enhancing healthy civil/military relationship and Navy’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
His words: “This signifies that the NN is concerned with your plights as you left your various homes as a result of crises. I’m however, assuring all the IDPs that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is currently winning the fight against the insurgents and the environment will soon be conducive enough for you to return to your homes and communities.”
He said it is a tradition for the NN to regularly conduct medical rhapsody and free community medical services as grassroots social service for rural communities during Navy week.
Ibas said that this year’s rhapsody also provides avenue for the NN get closer to some select rural communities, civil populace and IDPs living in various camps of Borno state.
On rendered medical services, Ibas, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Rear Admiral Obiora Medani said: “The services rendered, include blood pressure check, eye examination and issuance of free eye glasses, de-worming exercise for children and adults.
“There will also be public health talks by the naval medical experts on such topical issues on Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), malaria, environment, personal and oral hygiene. Free medication and drugs will be provided for malaria, blood-forming drugs for children, and the elderly and pregnant women, pain relievers for body aches and pain, and multivitamins among others.
“The medical team will also give out souvenirs and treated mosquito nets to pregnant women and nursing mothers as form of protection against mosquito bites which cause malaria.
He urged the IDPs to implore and maximize the benefits of the medical rhapsody and free medical services rendered in camps.
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