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The 63 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Asaba, yesterday took its free medical outreach to Illah community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta.
The Tide source reports that the event, held at the playground of Iyioka Primary School, witnessed a large turnout of the villagers, many of whom were elderly men and women.
The Tide source also reports that no fewer than 500 villagers benefited from the free medical services.
Speaking at the occasion, the Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. David Saraso, said that the free medical services was part of the army’s corporate social responsibilities to communities within its areas of operation.
“This free medical outreach is also our programme of humanitarian services in support of our Operation Still Water.
“The services we are bringing to you today include: medical examination, eye checks, laboratory tests, drugs and free eye glasses.
“These services are also consistent with enhancing the military-civilian relationship, in line with the vision the Chief of Army Staff.
“We are confident that these free medical services will impact on the health of the people of Illah, as we urge you to continue to support the army,” Saraso said.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Oshimili North Local Government Council, Hon. Innocent Esewezie, lauded the army for its humanitarian work in the state.
Represented by the Vice-Chairman, Hon. Uju Okolo, Esewezie described the free medical services of the army to the people of Illah as a welcome development.
“I must say that this gesture is a laudable one that will be remembered in the years to come. Indeed, as a local government, we are very grateful to the army.
“Oshimili North is a peaceful local government and we will continue to work and cooperate with not only the army but other security agencies for the peace and progress of our people,” Esewezie said.
In an interview, two of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the army for the free medical services, describing it as a gesture worthy of emulation.
An 81-year-old farmer, Pa Afamefuna Okocha, told The Tide source that he had been suffering from rheumatism and arthritis for the past five years, saying that this had affected his farming activities.