The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has begun a three-day special surgical intervention programme as well as medical outreach for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other residents of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Adesanya said that the medical outreach was part of NAF’s efforts at easing the plight of persons affected by the recent violence in the area.
He said that the outreach attracted a large turnout of IDPs as well as residents of Barkin Ladi, whom he said expressed gratitude to NAF for its humanitarian gesture and concern for the well being of Nigerians.
” During the 3-day outreach, which is expected to end on 19 July 2018, patients with surgical needs would be operated on by NAF surgeons at the 563 NAF Hospital Jos .
” While patients with other medical needs would be treated and given drugs as deemed necessary.
” Medicated glasses and treated mosquito nets would also be distributed during the exercise,” he said
The spokesman said a total of 3,000 patients were expected to benefit from the special intervention by the NAF medical team.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NAF had on June 25, 2018, deployed an Mi-35P combat helicopter and an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Plateau in support of efforts aimed at quelling the crisis that erupted in the state.
The medical intervention is a follow-up to the earlier deployment of the helicopter as part of NAF’s efforts at enhancing civil-military relations.(NAN)
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