COAS visits wounded troops, assures them of prompt medical needs

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By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has reiterated the Nigerian Army’s (NA) commitment to giving prompt attention to the medical needs of wounded officers and soldiers.

He gave the assurance Thursday when he visited the wounded in action personnel at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna.

This was disclosed by the Director Army Public Relations , Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu to Enugu Reporters on Thursday.

According to him, Lt Gen Yahaya expressed appreciation for their sacrifice to the nation, adding that the NA was doing everything possible despite the challenges of the Covid – 19 pandemic to provide them with adequate treatment in order to hasten their recovery.

He also disclosed that all arrangements have been concluded for personnel that require medical treatment abroad to be flown out, especially for those that need plastic surgery and prosthetics.

The COAS further stated that arrangements were ongoing to build a state of the art facility in the hospital for the production of prosthetics for personnel who lost their lower limbs in service to the nation.

He said the ongoing effort was in partnership with some foreign experts from Germany.

According to him, the partnership would not only hasten the provision of such artificial body parts, but also save the army the huge cost of moving the personnel abroad for treatment.

He pointed out, that some of the delays being witnessed in actualising this partnership was as a result of the Covid – 19 pandemic.

During a tour of the hospital wards, the COAS made token donations to all the in-patients to further boost their morale.

He was later given a brief by the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Colonel Steven Onuchukwu on the achievements and challenges of the hospital.

Responding, the COAS, expressed commitment to ensuring that the challenges of the hospital are adequately addressed to cater for the medical needs of personnel

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