With Nigeria celebrating her 55th independence anniversary yesterday, the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, has offered to provide free medical services to over 2,000 civilians resident in host communities.
While the Independence Day anniversary was in progress yesterday, over 200 residents in Abakpa Nike had already undergone free medical tests and related treatments, while hundreds others queued for their own turn.
The theme for the free medical outreach is: “Know Your Blood Pressure: Avoid Silent Killer.”
The programmed was flagged off at the Abakpa Nike township in Enugu-East LGA by Brigadier-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army. The exercise will also hold at Obiagu town, Emene town, and Garki Market in Enugu-South LGA.
The free medical services include eye and dental care, hypertension tests, blood pressure monitoring, and malaria treatments among others.
Brig-Gen. Attahiru revealed that the Army embarked on the free medical services out of their annual policy of giving back to host communities in order to promote communal-military relationships. The 82 Army Division according to Attahiru comprised of the South-East and South-South LGAs.
“The army has made it a tradition to provide annual medical services for people of its host community,” Brig-Gen. Attahiru said.
Igwe Julius Nnaji, the traditional ruler of Nike township community commended the Nigerian Army for the humanitarian services.