Navy provides free medical services to Borno IDPs
NGO distributes relief materials
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, said as part of activities marking the 60th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy (NN) free medical services would be provided for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State.
Ibas spoke yesterday in Maiduguri while inaugurating the free medical services to be benefitted by over 25,000 displaced persons at the Dalori II resettlement camp.
He said this is an integral part of the Navy’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and efforts to promote healthy relationship between civilians and the military.
He added that it is a tradition for the Navy to regularly conduct free medical services to rural communities during the Navy week.
According to Ibas, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Rear Admiral Obiora Medani, the services provided include blood pressure check, eye test and free eye glasses as well as de-worming children and adults.
Governor Kashim Shettima, who was represented at the occasion by his deputy, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, commended the Navy for the gesture.
Also, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Peace Rehabilitation and Reconciliation Initiative (PRRI) has distributed relief materials and the sum of N10 million to IDPs in Borno.
During the event at the weekend in Maiduguri, Executive Secretary of PRRI, Dr. Sam Ode, said that the distribution of 250 bags of maize and cash transfer of N10 million was a special intervention programme for 1,000 IDPs returning to farming.
His words: “To demonstrate our love and concern for IDPs in camps in Borno before they return to their communities, these relief materials and the cash transfer of N10,000 each to the displaced persons is the beginning of our humanitarian assistance and intervention before they return home.