300 IDPs to enjoy NAF’s free surgical intervention
|Post date||Monday, 10 July, 2017 - 15:04|
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has begun another round of surgical intervention scheme for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bama, Dalori and Banki camps, all in Borno State.
The NAF authority, however, said the number of beneficiaries might increase because over 250 IDPs in Banki alone need varying degrees of medical attention.
It added that the surgical intervention scheme followed series of medical outreach programmes organised by NAF in the affected camps.
The scheme covers general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as ophthalmology.
A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Abuja, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, noted that the first set of surgeries, mostly eye surgeries, being the most prevalent, was performed at the Medical Centre of NAF’s 105 Composite Group in Maiduguri, last Saturday
The statement reads: “The scheme, which is the brainchild of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is to enable NAF win the ‘hearts and minds’ of IDPs.
“The NAF’s soft power approach in fighting insurgency, in addition to its military campaign, has impacted greatly on the IDPs and has given them a sense of belonging.
“The NAF’s Chief of Medical Services, Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi, said the surgical intervention scheme was part of NAF’s humanitarian service to the IDPs, towards providing them with the opportunity to have normal and productive lives again.
“According to him, about 300 surgical cases were initially outlined for the seven-day programme, which is expected to cover 100 IDPs each from Dalori, Bama and Banki IDP camps.
“However, there were indications that up to 250 IDPs in Banki alone required surgical interventions, and the period of the exercise might be extended to cater for the additional needs.”