As part of activities for Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1 , Nigerian Army Women’s Corps (NAWC) on Friday administered free medical treatment to over 200 residents of Amorji-Nike community in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu state which is under Sector 5 in the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army.
The outreach featured health counselling, medical test and check-ups.
The team also undertook the distribution of free drugs, insecticide-treated nets and de-worming of children.
The NAWC also carried out environmental sanitation at the Abakpa market where officers cleared gutters and other dirt in the area.
Brig.-Gen. Sylvester Oloyede, Commander of 82 Division, who led the who earlier led the team on a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Amorji-Nike disclosed that the humanitarian exercise was part of Nigerian Army’s efforts to win the hearts and minds of the civil populace for the support of Exercise Atilogwu 1 exercise in the state.
He said the medical outreach has provided a good platform to further strengthen and deepen the long-standing civil-military-relations,’’.
Also speaking Chief of Staff of Nigerian Army Women’s Corps, Abuja Col. Dorothy Ojie, said that the corps’ medical outreach was meant to solve the health challenges of remote communities and has demonstrated that the Nigerian Army had Nigerians at heart in its operations.
“The medical outreach and other services being carried out by the NAWC is to showcase the community-service orientation of the Nigerian Army, which is part of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai’s vision of making the Nigerian Army a professional force.
“We are also here to showcase to the community that their young girls both at the school leaving certificate or graduate levels can join the NAWC, where their career and academic progress would be guaranteed,’’ she said.
On his part, the Traditional Ruler of Amorji-Nike Community, Igwe Titus Okolo, who is also the Chairman, Enugu East Traditional Rulers’ Council, said commended the Nigerian Army for the free drugs and other medications provided for the people of the community.
“This is the first of its kind. It is heart-warning that the Nigerian Army can remember us today and bring lots of free drugs, nets and health counselling to improve the lives of our people.
“I believe that the community will build on this new-found relationship and our relationship with the Nigerian Army will grow more than this,’’
Some of the beneficiaries of the medical outreach thanked the Nigerian Army for the drugs given to them.
One of them Mrs Helen Ngwu said “I am overwhelmed with joy on the quantum of free drugs and health counselling I have received today.
“I will continue to thank and pray for the Nigerian Army,’’ Ngwu said.
Highpoints of the exercise was show-of-force at the Abakpa Axis of Enugu metropolis.