From Mike Odeh James
As part of its final outdoor exercise camp highland for 68 Regular Course Army , Nigerian Defence Academy, on Friday, commenced an extensive free medical services in Akupal Community in Zangon Kataf Local government, Kaduna State.
The annual exercise attracted more than thousand of residents who are being attended to by medical doctors in different areas of specialization.
Apart from free diagnosis and treatment, the Nigerian Defence Academy also presented several items to deserving residents.
These include wheel chairs, walking stick, medical eye glasses, treated nets, among others.
Nigerian Defence Academy also constructed 2 Mono Boreholes at Unguwan Bala and Unguwan Yawa respectively. The medicare services included: free consultation and treatment, free dental checks and treatment, free eye checks and eye glasses, free wheel-chairs and crutches, and free distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets. The acting commander NDA Hospital in his response he said “we are targeting over 1000 People for the medical.
Flagging-off the exercise, the Nigerian Defence Academy Major Gen. IM Yusuf said that the medical outreach was meant to cement the existing relationship between the Nigerian Defence Academy and civil populace.
Gen Yusuf, said the exercise was part of activities lined up for exercise camp Highland for 68 regular course of the NDA
He said that the Nigerian military pays due attention to the security and health well-being of members of its host community, which encompasses all Area of Responsibility (AOR).
“The free and comprehensive healthcare as it targets all, but most especially the less privileged and indigents in these communities, would reduce the health burden of the beneficiaries and communities at large,’’ he said.
Responding, representative of overseer of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, Mr Philip Galadima, appreciated the commandant of Nigerian Defence Academy, Maj. Gen IM Yusuf the great opportunity given to the people to access quality healthcare and other health consumables at no cost.
“we are sincerely grateful to the Nigerian Defence Academy for the huge amount of money they had spent in putting this very elaborate medical outreach together.”
Also speaking, Yohana Sidi Kukah the Traditional Ruler of Ikulu Community Ably Represented by Nikolas Kaduna Galadiman Ikulu, thanked the Nigerian Nigerian Defence Academy for bringing the free and comprehensive medical service to the doorsteps of his subjects as well as other neighbouring communities.
“We will continue to pray for the success of the Nigerian Defence Academy and for God’s guidance and protection as they defend both security-wise and health-wise,’’ he said.
One of the beneficiaries of free wheel Chairs, Mrs Deborah Dogo, thanked the Nigerian Defence Academy for the Gift and other medical consumables meant to protect her and people of her community.
“God will continue to bless the Nigerian Defence Academy and members of their families as they have decided to remember us today,’’ Deborah said.
A recipient of one of the free eye glasses, Mr Danjuma Hari, thanked the Nigerian Defence Academy for lifting from him the burden of buying a modern eye glasses.
The exercise featured elaborate health counseling and how to prepare health diets from locally sourced condiments.