Army provides medical outreach to Yobe rural communities


The 27 Task Force Brigade, Nigerian Army, has commenced a two-week medical outreach to communities in Yobe.

Maj. Emmanuel Oqua, the Medical Team Leader, inaugurated the exercise in Katarko village of Yobe on Friday.

Newsmen reports that the outreach commenced on Wednesday with Kamuya and Buratai communities in Kamuya village, Buni Gari, Gashua and Azare communities in Buni Gari,  Gujba and Katarko in Katarko village.

According to Oqua, the outreach is to assist communities to access healthcare delivery, as well as to deepen civil/military relationship.

He said a laboratory was established to conduct medical tests.

He explained that lab tests for malaria, typhoid, hepatitis, urinary tract complications, upper respiratory tract and diarrhea, among others, would be conducted to diagnose the ailments, while drugs would be provided for treatment.

“The outreach provides primary healthcare to the communities, while those in need of advanced treatment would be referred to secondary health institutions,” he added.

Malam Wakil Saidu, a community leader in Katarko, said the programme had provided succour to many aged men and women in the communities, who could not travel out of their places to access medical treatment.

Saidu said “Katarko community lost the only health facility during the Boko Haram insurgency and the people had to seek medical assistance in far places.

“Most of the people lack the financial strength to make the journey outside the community. So, this outreach has provided us with an alternative.”

Fati Musa, mother of a sick child, commended the army for the medical assistance, saying this was coming at a time when the community needed it most.