Tuesday 17th October, 2017
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NAF takes medical outreach to Bakassi IDPs

NAF takes medical outreach to Bakassi IDPs

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has extended its medical outreach pro­gramme to the Internally Dis­placed Persons (IDP) camps in Bakassi Pennunsula.

The four-day exercise de­signed to address the health­care needs of the displaced Nigerians is tar-geted at over 4, 000 returnees located at the Ikot Effiom and Ekpri- Obu­tong IDP camps in Ba-kassi Local Government Area of Cross River State.

In a statement issued by NAF spokesman, Air Com­modore Olatokumbo Ad­esanya, on Thurs-day, he said that the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar was moved by the plight of the IDPs and direct­ed the NAF Medical Services to assist the IDPs in the two camps, especially women and children.

Adesanya said that the first phase which was conducted between August 8 and 9, 2017 at the ikot Effiom witnessed the provision of healthcare services to about 1, 500 IDPs in the camp and indigenes of the host community who also benefited from the humani­tarian services.

He said that the people were offered a wide range of free medical test and treat­ment for malaria and blood pressure in addition to ran­dom sugar level and eye tests.

Adesanya also disclosed that NAF 305 Special Mobil­ity Group in Calabar has been participating in the joint in­ternal security operations in the state code named “Opera­tion Skolombo”, which man­date is to check criminalities and the protection of the IDPs.