The Army (NA) on Monday conducted medical outreach at Mpape community, Bwari Area Council in Abuja as part of NADCEL 2021
This is just as the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya stated that despite its constitutional roles if securing the territorial integrity and ensuring peace and stability, the Army provides humanitarian services to its host communities at intervals.
The COAS, who flagged off the medical outreach exercise himself, disclosed that the area was selected because of the population and assessment of the needs of the people.
His words, “The Nigerian Army is your Army. In addition to the constitutional role of the Army which is the defence of the territorial integrity of the country, suppression of insurrections among others, the Army also finds time to carry out Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) at intervals and this one of them.
“Every year during the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL), quick impact projects are carried out across Divisions, units and formations of the Nigerian Army, targeting the less privilege in our host communities where these services are needed.
“The Nigerian Army also carries out quick impact assessment projects which includes provision of drinking water, sometimes we also carry out intervention in schools, hospitals, roads, cleanliness and other services relevant to our host communities.”
While urging Nigerians to always provide information to security agencies to enable them tackling security situation in the country, Yahaya said, “”I want to urge you to support the Nigerian Army by providing the Army, sister agencies and other security agencies with relevant information that will lead us to squarely address security challenges bedeviling us as a nation.
“The criminals live among us. Sometimes we know them. Those who are involved in kidnapping for example or cattle rustling or armed robbery live within the communities; they may even be our neighbours”.
Earlier, Acting Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Medical Corps Col. IB Solebo said the medical outreach is taking place in Mpape and Mabushi communities simultaneously in Abuja.
He noted that said it will cover free cervical, prostate and breast cancer screening, blood pressure check, sugar level and dental screening. Others include distribution of mosquito nets, wheel chairs among others.
On his part, the district head of Mpape community Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar Gimba commended the Nigerian Army for the outreach.
He said, “The Nigerian Army has shown by this medical outreach that it is truly our Army. They are not all about fighting wars. They have demonstrated that they care about our health also,”