Over 500 residents in Agege area of Lagos have benefited from a free medical service offered by the Nigerian Army.
The free treatment was part of activities marking the Nigerian Army Day Celebration, NADCEL.
NADCEL is celebrated on July 6 of every year in honour of members of the Nigerian Army, especially those that took part in the first and Second World War as well as those that lost their lives during the Nigerian Civil war and the current serving members of the Nigerian Army.
The programme included free consultation, HIV/AIDS screening and provision of drugs.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Major General Peter Dauke said the exercise was part of Army’s corporate social responsibility.
Dauke said that the outreach was to enhance the health status of Nigerians and improve the civil-military relationship.
“We decided to choose Agege because we wanted to reach out to the grassroots.
“It is better than going to the high breed area like Ikoyi because these are the people who need it the most.
General Dauke also said Army chose a strategic point ( Abattoir) because they know people would come to the market to buy meat and other things.
“It is also to admonish the common people to value their health.
“More so, security is not just about catching criminals or securing property it is also about health security,” he said.
According to him, “our presence here today will also be a deterrent to criminals and criminal activities.
“This is because they will know that we know here and we will come for them and fish them out,” he said.
He said the outreach was used to render health talks, medical check-up and consultations, laboratory investigations, malaria and blood sugar tests and drugs.
The medical team also gave out treated mosquito nets to pregnant women and nursing mothers to protect them against mosquito bites.
The community leader of Oko-Oba in Agege Abattoir, Mr Umaru Hassan expressed appreciation to the Army for the gesture.
“I am impressed and for what the Army has brought to the community and I hope other corporate organisations will emulate this gesture.
“The Army has shown a high level of civil-military relations with this gesture,’’ he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Ibrahim Suleiman said that he was happy for the gesture and prayed that the Nigerian Army would continue to succeed in its constitutional roles.
Another recipient Mr. Deji Ayodele, who received free malaria drugs, also thanked the Army for the gesture.