By shehu Danjuma
Katsina – As part of its end of year services, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 213 operation Base, Katsina, says it will provide free medical treatment to over 1, 000 women and children.
The Commanding Officer Officer of the Base, Group Capt. Hadi Ahmed, stated this in Makera village in Katsina Local Government Area of the state during the flag-off of the free medical treatment.
“The Air force will provide the medical service to Makera village in Katsina, which is the host community of 213 operation base.
The commanding officer said the free medical service to their host community was aimed at cementing the cordial relationship between their officers and the residents of Makera community.
He said that the officers wanted to prove to their host community that they were not only trained to fight but were also concerned about their wellbeing.
Ahmed disclosed that 400 children were selected for special deworming as part of the exercise and regretted that worms retarded the growth of children and their mental ability.
“Another set of 200 children have been selected for treatment of different types of ailments.
“The free medical treatment will cover 200 women that are currently suffering from different kind of diseases.
“Twenty five pregnant women have also been selected to receive insecticide mosquito treated net inorder to prevent malaria from attacking them,” he said.
The commanding officer also disclosed that 200 men, suffering from different diseases would also be treated during the exercise.
Ahmed further disclosed that the medical outreach would focus on deworming of children, screening of diabetes patients and those with high blood pressure.
Others are treatment of common medical diseases, treatment of common medical consultation, free eye checks and distribution of reading glasses.
In his remarks, the Katsina state commissioner of health, Engr. Yakubu Nuhu, commended the Air Force for providing the free medical services to their host community.
“The ministry of health has taken note that the free medical service is planned to render treatment on deworming, malaria, provision of mosquito treated nets, chronic non-communicable diseases.
“Other medical services to be offered include screening of Diabetes and high blood pressure, which are now common ailments in our society.
“Those intervention will be rendered free of charge to the residents of makera village.
“Those are important cost-effective interventions that provide treatment as well as preventive services to the most common health ailments that cause mortality and morbidity among the most vulnerable in the state,” he said.
The commissioner, who was represented by Dr. Muawiyya Aliyu, a Director in the ministry of health, called on the residents of makera to avail themselves to the free medical services.