Army provides free health care in Ondo
By Tola Gbadamosi
No fewer than 200 people benefited from the free medical services of the Nigeria Army in Ugbo Community of Ilaje local government area of Ondo State at the weekend.
The free medical services was part of the activity of the operations Ex-Crocodile Smile IV in the State.
This medical out reach include: General outpatients for general consultation, general eye examination and health education, oral care, laboratory investigation issuing of free mosquito net among others.
Brigade Commander of the 32 Artillery , Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar, said the Chief of Army Staff ,Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai is particularly concerned about the health and well being of the community.
He said the Army boss knows that health is wealth and that was why he provided the medical outreach saying that it will cement the relationship between the military and the civil populace
“This gesture is a non-kinetic approach to military operations. The objective is for you to embrace peace and shun every act of violence and criminality. The Chief of Staff believes with peace, comes development. There will not be development without peace.”
Brig Abubakar thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and General Officer Commanding 2 Division,Ibadan, Maj. Gen. Anthony Omozoje for their exemplary leadership for finding the Brigade worthy of hosting the exercise and approving the civil military activities.
He enjoined the residents of Ugbo community to make judicious use of the opportunity for the army to achieve its desire goal.
The Olugbo of Ugbo land, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan applauded the gesture of the Nigerian Army for conducting civil military relationship as they organized medical out reach in Ugbo Kingdom.
Represented by High Chief Osaia Eperepoko, Olugbo charged his subjects to embrace the gesture of the army and promised to collaborate with all authorities concerned to ensure that peace reign in his kingdom and Ondo State in general.
“I urge our people to take it seriously and participate in this uncommon exercise in our land. This is because its not everyday we see the Arny taken care of people, we only see them when there is conflict in the land but now they bring all these free medical services we are very happy with this development.
Speaking with The Hope a 50-year old farmer, Mr Akin Adetuwo who was suffering from visual problem expressed his gratitude to the men of the Nigerian Army saying” I am very glad of what they are doing. I have never seen where soldiers bring in free medical care.
“In fact when I heard about it and I knew what my problem was I quickly came here to be part of it.”