U.S. Supports Air Force’s Medical Care To IDPs

Internally-displaced-persons-get-treatment-from-air-forceThe United States Government is partnering with the Nigerian Air Force in its medical outreach efforts for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The support was announced by the Deputy Head of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, Mary Brewer, in Maiduguri after a tour of the Air Force Hospital in Dalori camp, home to over 20,000 Internally Displaced Persons.

Brewer’s visit to Maiduguri is to obtain a firsthand assessment of facilities and usage of equipment to chart a course for new partnerships.

Addressing reporters on the support the U.S. will render, she said: “We are here on behalf of the U.S. government to witness the delivery of some medical equipment donated by some private U.S. citizens to the Nigerian Air Force and the Air Force has been using them to good effect to help the people of Dalori IDPs camp; a wonderful example of people to people diplomacy”.

It was in recognition of the humanitarian based Air Force medical outreach which has continued to gain recognition from organisations within and outside Nigeria.

Services rendered under the programme include eye surgery, antenatal and prenatal care and other general health issues prevalent among the Dalori Internally Displaced Persons camp.

The services have now been extended to the Bakassi camp in Maiduguri as well as Malkohi in neighbouring Adamawa State, according to Air Force officials.

Giving a breakdown of the services rendered by the Air Force, the Director Medical Services, Sale Shinkafi, said: “Over time the hospital has developed and now we have full services in all departments general outstation, consultation, dental care maternity and delivery services. So this U.S. NGO saw what the Nigerian Air Force is doing and they donated a 40-feet container containing medical consumables and instruments”.

One of the beneficiaries of the eye surgery picked out from the Bakassi IDP camp in Maiduguri was full of gratitude, as he spoke to reporters.

Last month, the Victims Support Fund made a cash donation of 20 million Naira to the Air Force Hospital.

The Nigerian Air Force, which took part in the widely adjudged successful operation “Crackdown” in the Sambisa forest, recently launched an air operation tagged “Operation Gama Aiki”, a Hausa parlance for concluding the work.

Buhari Decorates War Heroes In Yola

Muhammadu-Buhari-in-Yola President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday decorated brave war heroes with a Purple Heart medal, an award given to troops who fought for six months under ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’.

The decoration of the soldiers took place in Yola, during President Buhari’s visit to the State.

President Buhari, on arrival, was received at the Yola International Airport by the Governor of Adamawa State, Senator Mohammad Umaru Jibrilla, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and other dignitaries including a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

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President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General General Tukur Buratai, before the medals were handed out to the soldiers

The President inspected a guard of honour by the 23rd Armoured Brigade of the Nigeria Army after which he was invited by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, to present the medals to the wounded soldiers.

After decorating the soldiers with the medals, President Buhari expressed his confidence on their ability to end the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the oil-rich nation’s north-east.

Visit To IDPs Camp In Yola

After the medal presentation, the President visited the Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Yola in the southern part of Adamawa State.

He told the IDPs that the Boko Haram terrorists do not represent any religion, stressing that the terror group is set to disintegrate Nigeria.

President Buhari described the condition of the IDPs as unfortunate and called on them to remain calm, as the government was working towards returning them to their homes.

The President said: “The government is proactive about rebuilding your Schools, hospitals and homes”.

The chairman of IDPs in Malkohi IDPs camp, Mr Nicholas Samuel, thanked the Federal and State governments for coming to their aid and appealed to the President to facilitate their return to their homes.

Governor Jibrilla had earlier told the President that one of the major concerns of the State government was the welfare and wellbeing of the displaced persons.

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Sani Sidi, told the President that at present, the camp had 80 pregnant women and 175 unaccompanied children.