NAF offers free medical services to Jigawa flood victims

The Nigerian Air Force has taken its medical outreach to flood victims in Gantsa village in the Buji Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 4,000 persons were displaced by flood, which damaged houses and sources of water, and exposed the victims to diseases.

The NAF commenced the three-day exercise on September 19 in the area, under the leadership of Group Captain Ali Tanko.

Tanko, who is the Director of Public Health and Humanitarian Services, NAF Headquarters, said the gesture was part of the air force’s strategies to foster cordial relationship between the military and civilians.

He gave an assurance that adequate plan was made to ensure that everyone in the community benefited from the free medical services.

The team leader added that cases of malaria, diarrhoea, hypertension and other diseases that might have occurred as a result of the flood were targeted in the exercise.

Tanko stated, “We are here after we heard the sad news about flood that ravaged this area and we are here to check the victims’ health status and provide them medicines and other relief materials.

“No specific number of persons is targeted; we’re targeting the whole community, because we were here some days ago to know the exact diseases and the number of the affected people.

“We came with doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists and pharmacists to take care of the victims. We also conducted minor surgeries; however, those with bigger cases will be referred to appropriate hospitals.”

The District Head of Buji, Alhaji Sabo Bello, commended the NAF and its team for the gesture.

He stated, “This is very commendable as this is the first time we are seeing this type of gesture from any organisation.

“On behalf of the people of Buji we appreciate your efforts in bringing health services to our doorstep, particularly when there is a dire need for that as a result of the flood that ravaged the area.

“We also thank the state government for allowing you to come into the state and the Buji Local Government Area in particular to assist our people medically.”

In his vote of thanks, the Vice Chairman of the council, Alhaji Ahmad Zaburan, also commended the NAF for the gesture.

Zaburan said, “This is very commendable because we did not request assistance from the NAF, they just heard about the flood in the media and decided to come and assist us.

“We’re really happy as the gesture will really enable a lot of the victims to access qualitative health care.”

NAN reports that apart from the medical outreach, the NAF distributed relief items to the victims, including rice, sugar, noodles, soap, garri, water and slippers.

Two of the beneficiaries, who spoke with NAN, Malam Musa Shuaibu and Hajiya Fatima Tasiu, commended the NAF for the gesture.
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