The people of Akama -Oghe, Ezeagu Local Area of Enugu state have commended the Nigerian army for extending its medical outreach to the area.
They made the commendation on Monday during the flag off of free medical treatment for indigenes of the community held at Akama-Oghe Civic Centre.
The free tests and items received in the army free medical outreach included: HIV/Aids and malaria tests; blood sugar and blood pressure check; eye test, physiotherapy massage and dental care.
Other items distributed freely included: deworming medicines for children, insecticide treated nets, 300 pairs of eye glasses, drugs as well as health talk and counseling on good food and healthy life-style.
Some of the beneficiaries of the medical exercise applauded the Nigerian Army for the exercise adding that it was the first time they were benefitting from such gesture.
Earlier while flagging off the medical outreach, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 82 division of the Nigeria Army, Maj.-Gen. Lasisi Adegboye, said that the medical exercise was part of the ongoing “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’.
Adegboye noted that the exercise was meant to enhance civil-military relationship, which is aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the civilian populace.
He said that the medical outreach and other social intervention works were carried out in the division’s area of responsibility in five south-east states and cross river state to improve civil-military-relations.
On their part, the traditional prime-minister of the community, Chief Edwin Umeh, and Secretary-General, Akama Oghe town Union Samuel Andy thanked the Nigerian army for exercise, adding that it was the first time the community would see soldiers engage in humanitarian work.
Commander of the Division’s Medical Services, Lt.-Col. Ijoma Ijomanta, said that the prevailing illness among those diagnosed were malaria, high blood pressure and poor eye sight.
No fewer than 1000 residents of the community including aged men and women as well as children received the free medical treatment and drugs from the Nigerian army.