As part of activities to commemorate its 55th Anniversary Celebration, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has conducted a 2-day free medical outreach at Ogbeke/Ukuruta Community in Agbani Enugu State. The Outreach, which took place on 4 – 5 April 2019, provided healthcare and humanitarian services to over 1,000 members of the benefiting community, including women, children and the aged, and was conducted in furtherance of NAF’s constitutional role of providing military aid to civil authority.
The Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), Air Vice Marshal Idi Amin, while flagging-off the programme said the outreach was an initiative of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, geared towards addressing the healthcare challenges and alleviating the suffering of members of host communities of NAF Bases across the Country. Also speaking during the ceremony, the lgwe of Ogbeke/Ukuruta community, Igwe Okechukwu Nwobodo, expressed appreciation to the CAS for organizing the medical outreach for the community. He pointed out that the Outreach would enhance the relationship between the community and the NAF. While noting that the community had benefited immensely from the Outreach, the Igwe further requested for more slots for their children in the Air Force Comprehensive School Agbani. Beneficiaries of the outreach all expressed their appreciation to the NAF for coming to their aid.
Services provided during the 2-day Medical Outreach included free consultations and drugs, laboratory investigations, visual acuity checks and prescription eyeglasses as well as treated mosquito nets. Patients with serious conditions were referred to the NAF Medical Centre Agbani, for further medical care.
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Nigerian Air Force