Navy renders free medical services in Lagos

Chiamaka Okechukwu, Lagos

Some community residents receiving medical services.

The Nigerian Navy has rendered free medical services, HIV tests and drugs to over 300 residents of Ijora Community in Lagos.

This is part of the activities to the force 61st anniversary celebration.

The residents had free health talks, medical checks and consultations, drugs, laboratory investigations, malaria, blood sugar.

There were free blood pressure check, eye examination and issuance of free eye glasses, deworming drugs for children and adults.

Responsibility
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas said the free medical services was part of Navy’s effort towards enhancing healthy civil military relations and corporate social responsibility.

“This medical rhapsody is taking place across all the naval commands. This shows the Navy’s resolve to fulfil its corporate social responsibility to the host community, “Vice Admiral Ibas said.

Health talks
Naval medical experts also enlightened the residents on topical issues such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), malaria, environment, personal and oral hygiene.

Free medications were provided for malaria, blood-forming drugs for children and the elderly and pregnant women, pain relievers for body aches and pain, and multivitamins among others.

The medical team will also give out treated mosquito nets to pregnant women and nursing mothers as form of protection against mosquito bites which cause malaria.

This, the Naval Chief said CNS was a tradition for the force to regularly conduct medical outreach and free community medical services during its anniversary week.

The host community ruler, His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdulfatai Aromire, the Ojora of Ijoraland, while speaking with journalists, appreciated the Navy for the gesture brought to his community.

“I am impressed and grateful for what the navy has brought to my community and I hope other private companies will learn from this.

“Not only this, the Navy has shown a high level of civil military relations with what it is doing presently,” he said.

He urged his community residents to take good advantage of the medical outreach and use every drug that has been administered to them by accurately.

Reactions
One of the residents Mrs Titilayo Salawu said that she was happy for what the navy was doing and wished them greater celebrations.

Mr Olarenwaju Salako, who recieved free eye glasses, was also grateful for the navy over the free medical services that was brought to the community.

Sammie Idika