…as COAS urges citizens to take ownership of NA
By Victor Akaa, Abuja
As part of corporate social responsibility the Nigerian Army (NA) has on Monday flagged off free Medical Outreach in Mpape Community, Bwari Area Council, Abuja.
This gesture was aimed at giving back to the society the needed services as it was designed to commemorate the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2021
During the ceremony, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya urged Nigerians to continue to support and take ownership of the NA.
According to him, Nigerians should be proud of their Army and do everything possible to support NA operations across the country.
In a statement relayed to Enugu Reporters by the Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu explained that the COAS further reiterated that the NA would continue to maintain excellent relationship with law abiding citizens under his leadership.
While flagging off the exercise, Gen Yahaya said the medical outreach was part of NA’s corporate social responsibility aimed at giving back to the society.
He used the opportunity to call on the community members and indeed all Nigerians to continue to provide credible information in support of ongoing operations to clamp down on criminal elements.
He revealed that the free medical outreach is taking place concurrently across all NA’s formations and units across the country.
Earlier in his remarks, the Acting Corps Commander Medical, Colonel Idris Solebo said the choice of Mpape Community in the Federal Capital Territory was deliberate, adding that it was in anticipation of the huge number of beneficiaries in the area.
He further disclosed that the community will benefit significantly from free medical services ranging from blood pressure checks, free medical and dental consultation, free eye screening and issuing of corrective lenses. Also included among the range of services were free breast examination to check for breast lesions and masses, free cervical cancer screening/cryotherapy treatment, free blood glucose check, free prostate cancer screening and free drugs for common disease conditions.
Colonel Solebo also noted that free wheel chairs and mosquito nets would be distributed. He acknowledged the support of an NGO- Working Together Health Foundation, for offering their services in the area of cancer screening.
He said it was projected that over one thousand people were expected to benefit from the free medical outreach. Same services were equally extended to the residents of Mabushi Community.
*Community leader assures COAS of their support*
The District Head of Mpape Community, His Highness, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim Gimba, expressed his appreciation to the COAS and the NA for choosing Mpape Community for NADCEL 2021 free medical outreach. He said the free medical outreach will go a long way in addressing some medical challenges confronting residents of the community. He assured the COAS of the support of the community.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of wheel chairs to 93 years old Mrs Fatu Umagba and physically challenged youth, Mr Garba Ayuba, while mosquito nets were issued to other members of the community by the COAS.