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Air Force begins medical outreach for IDPs

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The Air Force has begun a two-week medical outreach for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri and Damboa, Borno State.

According to Director of Public Relations and Information Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, the medical intervention: “Alleviating the Medical/Surgical Needs of IDPs in Maiduguri and Damboa”, is at the instance of Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

AVM Adesanya, in a statement, said the programme would address the health challenges of IDPs.

The statement reads: “In continuation of efforts at alleviating the plights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast and other parts of the country, the Air Force (NAF) has begun a two-week medical outreach for IDPs in Maiduguri and Damboa Local Government Areas of Borno State.

“Themed: “Alleviating the Medical/Surgical Needs of IDPs in Maiduguri and Damboa”, the outreach also involves surgical interventions for those with complicated and critical health challenges.

“The leader of the NAF Medical Outreach Team, who is also the Director of Public Health and Humanitarian Services at Headquarters NAF, Group Capt. Azubuike Chukwuka, said the outreach, at the instance of the Chief of Air Ataff (CAS), is to assuage the sufferings of the IDPs and enhance civil-military relations, as part of ‘winning the hearts and minds’ strategy of the NAF.

“Since the exercise started on February 13, the team has conducted 71 eye surgeries and 31 general surgeries. At Damboa, 32 eye operations and 10 general surgeries have been conducted

“The team has so far provided free medical treatment to 590 IDPs at Damboa. Therefore, 1,272 IDPs have been attended to in Damboa and more are expected to benefit.”

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