In commemoration of the Celebration of the 55th Anniversary of its establishment, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has conducted a medical outreach for Basa Community in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The one-day medical outreach, which was held today, 26 April 2019, catered for the medical needs of close to 4,000 persons, which include women, children and the aged. Medical services provided during the outreach include medical consultations, counseling and screening as well as dental care, eye treatment and deworming of children. In addition, free prescription eye glasses and medications were distributed, as well as insecticide treated mosquito nets given to over 500 families. The outreach was conducted in continuation of efforts by the NAF to enhance civil-military relations with the Host Communities of NAF Bases across the country.
In his remarks during the flagging-off of the event, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Chief of Medical Services (CMS), Headquarters NAF, Air Commodore Muhammad Shaibu, reiterated the readiness of the Service to intensify its effort at ensuring that Host Communities of NAF Bases as well as other Nigerians, who may be in need of medical interventions, are cared for at no cost to them. He recounted that the NAF had, over the last one year, conducted free medical outreaches in many states of the federation, thereby reaching out to several Nigerians who may not be privileged to get such standardized medical services. He added that the beneficiaries of the outreach should make good use of the opportunity as further treatment would be provided for patients with serious ailments at the 063 NAF Hospital, NAF Base Abuja.
The Seriki Basa, Malam Dauda Gimba, who could not hide his admiration for the magnanimity of the NAF, noted that the leadership and the entire people of Basa would never forget this humanitarian gesture. He advised members of the community to take full advantage of the outreach to attend to whatever ailment they may be suffering from. He added that the people of Basa would continue to be good hosts and neighbours to the NAF.
Other activities lined up for the 2019 NAF Day Celebrations include R&D Competition/Exhibition, NAF Day Lecture, Interdenominational Church Service as well as a Ceremonial Parade and Aerial Display.
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Nigerian Air Force