Musa Na Allah Sokoto
Sokoto – In continuation of activities line up to mark this year’s Nigerian Army Day celebrations, the 8 Division Sokoto on Tuesday offered free medical care to 4000 in Sifawa, Bodinga local government, and Dange in Dange /Shuni local government areas of the state.
The General Officer Commanding 8 Division Sokoto Major General Uwen Bassey said the initiative is in furtherance of the Nigerian Army’s social responsibilities aimed at bringing succor to the populace.
The GOC represented by the Garrison Commander, Brigadier General Ralph Nnebife, General Uwem said the gesture is not only during the Army Day Celebration but a routine tradition of the Nigerian Army.
He explained that the medical team comes with adequate drugs saying anybody that turns up for the exercise would be attended to stressing that the exercise will last for two days and if a need arise it will be extended.
“When we came here last year seeing the dilapidated state of this clinic, we promised to renovate it, and today, as you can see the clinic, has been fixed, and Doctors, Nurses, and other medical personnel were employed to man the clinic he stated.
In his remarks, the Commander of 8 Division medical services and hospital, Colonel (Dr) Ijoma Ijoamanta Nwosu said the medical services cover testing and treatment of malaria, hypertension, visual and eye treatment, and provision of eyeglasses where necessary.
Others are dental services, diabetes screening, and pediatric services.
He stated that any major medical case that could not be handled would be referred to the Army hospital at Giginya Barrack Sokoto for proper attention and treatment.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries the district head of Sifawa, Sarkin Kudu Sifawa Alhaji Muhammad Buhari Tambari thanked the Nigerian Army for their benevolence gesture.
He appealed to them to extend the same to other communities in the state.
Tambari enjoined the beneficiaries to conduct themselves in an orderly manner to enable the medical personnel to attend to them on time.
He called on them to pray for the chief of army staff Lt General Farouk Yahaya and the Nigerian Army for them to succeed in defending the territorial integrity and unity of Nigeria as a country.