AirForce provides medical outreach to communities

 Chiamaka Okechukwu, Lagos

The medical outreach in Lagos.

The Nigerian Air Forces (NAF) has provided medical outreach in six NAF base across the country to show its commitment to Civil-Military cooperation for their host communities.

The Commanding Officer, Pharmacy Department, Wing Commander David Babalola, told journalists that it was in commemoration with the ongoing NAF Day Celebration.

“The medical out­reach is NAF way to show appreciation as well as identify with our host communities, neigh­bours and the general public in order to shoul­der their health responsi­bility.”

“The Chief of the Air Staff , Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar has directed that we provide full free medical services for our host communities in furtherance to the commitment of the Civil-Military cooperation,” Commander Babalola said.

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The outreach packages include HIV test and awareness cam­paign, blood and sugar levels check, malaria and hepatitis tests, oral and dental test, free drugs, free glasses among others.

More than 200 residents in Sogunle community in Lagos benefitted from the gesture.

The traditional ruler of the community, High Chief Babalola Ajishefiri said he was happy with what NAF brought to his community.

Ajishefiri pointed out that the medical services would further strengthen the relationship between the force and residents of their host communities.

“NAF has been so nice to this community and we have no cause to regret having them as our neighbours. The community will continue to pray for positive things to continue to happen to the Nigerian Air Force and its  personnel for this wonderful gesture,’’ he said.

A beneficiary of the outreach, Mr Saheed Yahaya appreciated the Air Force medical team for the free drugs, urging them to do more.

“I am most grateful and touched by this free medical outreach,’’ Yahaya said.

Another beneficiary, Mrs Sadiat Olowokere also appreciated NAF for the medical outreach.