About 3, 000 residents of Gwallaga community of Bauchi metropolis are to benefit from a two-day free medical service organised by the Nigerian Air Force Special Operations Command, Bauchi State.
The Air Officer Commanding, Special Operations Command, Bauchi, Air Vice Marshall Napoleon Bali, stated this at the flag-off ceremony of the outreach, which is in collaboration with MAHEMA Foundation, yesterday.
He said the gesture is in line with the Nigerian Air Force vision of giving back to the society.
He explained that during the two-day outreach, various medical conditions would be diagnosed and treated while those with complex cases would be referred to the 261 Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital, Bauchi for further evaluation and expert care.
Bali, who was represented by chief of staff, Special Operations Command, Air Vice Marshall Aliyu Bello, said that the outreach was aimed at helping the poorest of the poor in the society.
He said: “There would also be health education, counselling, dental screening, free medicated glasses, screening for hypertension, basic laboratory screening and free drugs, amongst others.
“It is expected that over 3, 000 members of the community will benefit from this outreach, which was designed primarily to alleviate the suffering of the people who might not be able to afford quality medical care.”
The Air Officer Commanding said that in the next few days, the Nigerian Air Force medical team would be taking free health care services to other communities in Bauchi like Durum, Koho and Malmo.
He expressed appreciation to the Bauchi State Government and the people of the state, “for the warm, cordial and peaceful coexistence we are enjoying. We cannot thank you enough for your hospitality and numerous sacrifices.”
One of the beneficiaries, Haladu Mohammed, 73, who said he is hypertensive, said he came to be treated.
“As you can see, I cannot walk, I was carried to this place because I have stroke. I want to thank the Nigerian Air Force for bringing this free medical outreach to help people like us. Things are very difficult for me and my family, but with this, I have relief,” he said.
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