The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri on Monday commenced free medical outreach and distribution of palliatives to less privilege in Madinatu area of the town.
Flagging-off the exercise, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 division who is also the Sector 1 Commander of Operation Hadin kai, Brig. Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo, said the gesture was part of activities line up for the 2021 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).
Eyitayo who gave the history NADCEL said it began after the civil war to appreciate those who made sacrifice to ensure one Nigeria.
Eyitayo also lauded the successes being recorded in the fight against insurgency in North East and urged for sustain support from the populace to achieve lasting peace.
In his speech, the Head of 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital, Col. O.J Omoruyi, said the medical outreach covers consultations, eye testing, minor surgical operations, dental services, HIV counselling and testing, as well as free drugs and mosquito nets.
Omoruyi said many of the medical personnel drafted for the exercise understand the local language to facilitate communication, while interpreters were also available.
He said patients that could not be attended to today would be attended to tomorrow at the 7 division hospital.
He lauded the intervention and directive of the GOC for an increase in number beneficiaries.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke at the occassion, commended the army for the intervention which they said was timely and a big relief for them.