14 Brigade Nigerian Army has organised a medical outreach as part of its Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) programme for Exercise GOLDEN DAWN II, to the benefit of the people of Afaraku community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State.
The Commander 14 Brigade, Brigadier General Adegoke Adetuyi, who disclosed that the free medical outreach is aimed at assuring the people of Afaraku of Nigerian Army’s genuine concern about their affairs, noted it shows the readiness of the troops to also provide adequate security for the people this yuletide as well support their wellbeing at all times.
He stated that the outreach is to strengthen the existing cordial relationship between Abians and the Nigerian Army adding that the Nigerian Army is ever ready to perform its constitutional role of giving necessary support to the civil authority in providing necessary conducive environment for electioneering activities towards 2023 General Elections in the State.
The Commander also said “the medical outreach is targeted more towards the less privileged, the aged and children in the community by providing succour to them at a time like this, thus demonstrating the brotherly love that exists amongst us Nigerians.”
Stating that the good people of Afaraku should see the outreach as a way of the Chief of Army Staff saying ‘You are our people, we will always love you!’
Earlier the Acting Commanding Officer 14 Brigade Medical Centre, Captain (Dr) Obinna Ikejiofor, had assured the people of Afaraku that the free medical checkup include blood pressure, diabetes, eyes check up, voluntary HIV test and counselling with provision of anti-retroviral drugs, and distribution of other palliatives, among others.
Eze Edward Ibeabuchi of Afaraku Ancient Kingdom appreciated the Commander 14 Brigade and officers and men of the Brigade for extending such kind gesture which is first of it’s kind to them in their time of need and prayed for a peaceful Nigeria.
The event was witnessed by sons and daughters of Afaraku and its environs, as the free medical outreach was provided after due consultation was made and the people welcomed the programme.