By Yahaya Isah
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says 239,349 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have to date benefited from its medical outreach programme between July 2015 and Nov. 2, 2017.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Adesanya stated that the service had in 2015 began devoting loads of sources to cater for the wants of the IDPs within the North-East and different elements of the nation.
He stated the entire concept had been to win “the hearts of people of the local communities in the various conflict areas, and to enable them to have sense of belonging, and that Nigeria is for them”.
He stated the programme was a part of the general technique of the battle in opposition to insurgency within the North-East and that it was additionally to cater for victims of different disaster within the nation.
Adesanya famous that in 2015, NAF had established two emergency hospitals in IDPs camps in Bama and Dalori , and that the service medical personnel had been stationed there since then.
He stated additional that the service had performed medical outreach programme all around the North-East – Bauchi, Yola , Yobe , Maiduguri and elements of Borno.
The director stated NAF had prolonged the programme to nearly all of the six geo-political zones within the nation, besides North-West.
“I can guarantee you that plans are at a complicated stage to conduct medical outreach within the North-West too.
“The programme will Start from Gusau, Zamfara, to meet the medical needs of the people in the villages affected by the activities of criminals, especially cattle rustlers,” he stated.
He additionally stated NAF had just lately established Quick Response Unit in Gusau to fight actions of criminals within the state, significantly cattle rustlers.
Adesanya disclosed that NAF had performed free most cancers screening train in some states throughout the nation in addition to carried out surgical procedures on some sufferers.
“We have additionally organised coaching programmes for for IDPs of their varied camps throughout the nation, particularly within the North-East, to enhance their lifestyle.
“Whenever it turns into needed, we transport IDPs from their varied camps and villages to NAF established hospitals in Maiduguri for higher consideration.
“Those who have cataracts were operated upon, and had their sights restored, and were given free eye glasses, as well, ” he stated.
He stated NAF had additionally supplied transportable water and shelter for the IDPs in order to make life simpler for them