As part of the initiative of the Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Sadique Abubakar, the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Wednesday, commenced a 3-day medical outreach for an estimated 2,000 Katsina flood victims who are internally displaced in the state.
In a statement by the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Olatokunbo Adesanya, the medical intervention programme is part of the NAF humanitarian efforts at mitigating the plights of the victims affected by the recent flood that ravaged some parts of the state.
The statement noted that the medical outreach held at Jibia Central Primary School in Jibia Local Government Area of the state and had witnessed a large turnout of beneficiaries who expressed satisfaction with the medical services.
“The medical services provided during the first day of the outreach included mass de-worming of children, medical checkups, distribution of treated mosquito nets, eye glasses and drugs while patients with surgical cases were also operated upon,” Mr Adesanya said.
According to the statement, the NAF’s Director of Public Health and Humanitarian Services, Azubuike Chukwuka, addressed the beneficiaries, saying: “we intend to be here for three days and we hope to attend to 2,000 patients and perform about 40 surgeries.
“This is in line with the directive of the CAS to extend our humanitarian services to the persons affected by the recent flood by bringing medical team to attend to them.”
On his part, the Head of Local Government Administration in the State, Almustapha Dan-Musa, appreciated the NAF for the kind gesture and the provision of free healthcare for the people of Jibia.
According to him, the medical outreach was a great relief to his people who had lost lives and properties to the flood.
It would be recalled that the NAF recently had a 3-day special surgical intervention and medical outreach for IDPs and residents of Barkin Ladi in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State following the violence in the area.