BENIN- More than 1000 residents in Arougba Community in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo on Tuesday benefitted from the Nigerian Air Force medical outreach organised by 107 Air Maritime Group, Benin.
During the one day event in Arougba Community, the Commander, 107 Air Maritime Group, Benin, Air Commodore Nasiru Saidu, said the outreach was organised to commemorate the Nigerian Air Force Day celebration for 2023
Saidu was ably represented by the Commanding Officer, 107 Air Maritime Group Medical Centre, Group Captain Olatunji Oguntuase .
Saidu said that the effort was part of steps taken by the current leadership of the Nigerian Air Force to improve healthcare delivery to communities around its bases as its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
According to the commander, Arougba Community was considered for this outreach because our Institution is located close to your community.
“Today’s event signifies our commitment towards improving our civiIian-military relationship (CMR).
“It is usually said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. Therefore, this medical outreach will in no small way contribute to the health of the people of this community.
“You will have the privilege of free consultations with our team of medical experts.
In addition, some screening exercises like hepatitis, malaria and sugar test will be carried out.
“There will also be free dental checks, free eye examination and distribution of eye glasses.
“The health professionals are here and ready to help you out with your health concerns.You are requested to avail yourselves the opportunity,” Saidu said
Saidu, however, said that provision would be made for treatment of some medical conditions that may require further treatment at the Nigerian Air Force Hospital in Benin.
He explained that the military medical facilities was opened to the general public, adding that no one would deny anybody access as long as you clearly stated your mission at the gate.
The Ohen of Arougba Community, Mr Jeffery Omosomwan, thanked the commander for the kind gesture.
According to Omosomwan, this shows that there is a good relationship between the civilians and the military.
” The people you see here are not only from this community but from other communities around Arougba,” he said.
Mr Richard Omoregie, a beneficiary, who also thanked the Nigerian Air Force for the opportunity, called on them to make the event a regular exercise.
” We are poor people who do not have the financial capabilities to seek medical attention in hospitals when we are sick. If we can have this regularly, it will be appropriated,” Omoregie said.(NAN)