NA offers free medical services to 5,000 Kaduna residents

By Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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The 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna has offered free medical services to 5,000 people in Sabon gayan, a community on Kaduna-Abuja road at Chikun Local government area of Kaduna State.

Some of the services rendered include, medical consultations, laboratory investigations, dental care, eye care, as well as distribution of eye glasses and treated mosquito nets.

Others services are, HIV testing and counselling, provision of free drugs, prevention, awareness and treatment of malaria among others.

The General Officer Commanding, GOC of the division, Major General Kabir Mukhtar reiterated the Nigerian Army’s commitment to rendering selfless services to host communities.

Mukhtar, who was represented by the Commander, 51 Engineering Brigade, 1 Division, Brig. Gen. Adeleke Aiyennuga, said the medical outreach was in commemoration of the 2022 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).

“Considering the importance of health and health-related issues, the division has deemed it fit to conduct the programme at Sabon gayan so as to strengthen the civil-military relation.

“The objective of NADCEL is to showcase the army as an instrument of national unity, integration and development. It is also aimed at demonstrating its capacity to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria as well as to honour the fallen heroes who paid the supreme price in service to our fatherland,” he stressed.

Declaring the event open, Special Adviser to Governor Nasiru El-Rufai on security, Retired Brig. Gen. Umar Ibrahim commended the division for organising the exercise and urged residents to take full advantage of the programme.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the District head of Sabon gayan, Alhaji Muhammad Jibrin lauded the army for the gesture, describing it as the first of its kind in the area.

 

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