The Nigeria Air Force says it has received medical equipment and food items donated by a US based Non-governmental Organisation, PROJECT CURE.
The donation was in line to winning the hearts and minds campaign for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in various camps across the country.
Speaking during the hand-over ceremony in Abuja, the Nigeria Air Force Chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshal Augustine Jekennu said the aid was part of its commitment to give support to the IDPs in the country.
Boosting health facilities
Jekennu assured that the items would be immediately delivered to enhance the capacity of some health facilities in IDP camps notably Maiduguri and Yola.
PROJECT CURE Country Director, Walter Reed Programme, Robbie Nelson commended the Nigeria Air Force for its humanitarian activities towards improving the lot of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), while also assuring of the support of the good people of the United States in this regard.
On his own part the Director of Medical Services, Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi noted that “through its various medical outreaches and establishment of a secondary healthcare facility in one of the largest IDP camps at Dalori, Maiduguri, the NAF has provided OPD medical care to over 30,000 and over 5,000 in-patient care to IDPs since the beginning of the programme.
Additionally, over 150 surgeries for various conditions including eye surgeries were carried out for IDPs.”
Nigeria currently has over two million people living in formal camps, host communities and satellite camps as a result of the boko haram insurgency in North Eastern States of Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa states.