The Nigerian Army has taken medical outreach to Wantodo Daji community, in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara as part of its civil military relations activities.
The medical outreach is part of the activities to mark the 2019 Combat Service Support Training Week of the Nigerian Army, holding in Gusau.
The outreach, which was organised by the Nigerian Army Medical Corps, includes the provision of free medical treatment for different cases, free drugs, eye glasses, wheel chairs and other medical needs for the people.
The event was graced by the Governor, Mr Bello Matawalle, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and top army officers and state government functionaries.
The Acting Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Medical Corps, Col. Samuel Adama, said that the medical outreach was in commemoration of the 21stCombat Services Support Training Week holding in Gusau.
Adama said that the activity was part of the activities to enhance civil military cooperation, between the army and the civilians, in their areas of operations.
He said, “ at a time like this, we want to give back to the society, especially to our host communities, because improving this will help us to collaborate in what we are doing.
“The community we are in today has once been involved in the recent happenings and it is not out of place that we are here.
“For the activities today, we are offering free medical services, free drugs, free eye screening service, with reading glasses.
“We have also brought mosquito nets, we are doing laboratory tests and we are also giving our physically challenged persons wheelchairs as well as dental services.
“We want to thank the Chief of Army Staff for giving us the wherewithal to do what we are doing,’’ he said.
Matawalle, while presenting the wheelchairs to the beneficiaries, commended the army for the gesture and urged the beneficiaries to use them well.
Some of the beneficiaries who expressed their happiness in Hausa language, commended the army for the gesture.
Osama Abubakar, 15 years old, said he was happy that God had used the army to put a smile on his face and prayed that God should reward the army and Nigeria.
Abubakar said he was not born a cripple but could not disclose how long he had faced the challenge.
Another beneficiary, Sadiya Bala, 22 years, said that she was grateful to God and the army for remembering her, adding that she had been delivered from being a burden henceforth.
More than 1,000 villagers benefited from the medical outreach, some of whom went home with different medical items; such as mosquito nets, eye glasses, wheelchairs and medicines.