The Medicins Sans Frontiers International (MSF) has solicited the support of the Nigerian Army as it continues to provide medical assistance to thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
President of MSF, Mr. Kristos Christu, made the appeal when he led a delegation to visit the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai at Army headquarters, Abuja.
Christu disclosed that the organization, which is also known as doctors without border, started operation in Nigeria in 1996, saying their medical contribution has been substantial, over the years.
He said they have delivered thousands of babies for pregnant women, and also treated several persons with various ailments such as Lassa fever, across the 36 States of the federation.
The President said the fact that MSF workers still continue to operate in the North East amid insurgency threats demonstrates their commitment and passion to providing medical aids to many people.
He emphasized the need for the Army to provide maximum security so that their staff will continue to offer necessary humanitarian and medical assistance to teeming victims of terrorism.
The COAS, represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, advised the organization to devise effective strategies for capturing and reaching out to more displaced persons in the North East, and other conflict zones across the country.
He applauded them for continuously alleviating the medical suffering of IDPs in Nigeria, and refugees in other war-ravaged countries.
The COPP however charged them to always carry out their responsibilities impartially and in neutral circumstances, adding that they must also operate with understanding and caution in order not to endanger the lives of aid workers.
Present at the visit were the Chief of Military Intelligence, Major General SA Adebayo, the Chief of Administration, Major General Yusuf, Chief of Accounts and Budget, Major General Bakare, the Chief of Projects, Major General MS Aliyu, the Deputy Chief of Policy, Major General Solomon Udoumwa, the Director of Plans, Major General Sawyer, the Provost Marshal, Army, Brigadier General Ahmed and the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa among others.
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