The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), through its Medical Services Branch, has in another Medical Outreach at the Camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Banki, Borno State, reaching over 42,000 persons including successful surgeries.
The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Cdre Olatokunbo Adesanya, on Monday, said the Medical Outreach was initiated by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, following reports of the deplorable medical condition of several IDPs.
According to Adesanya Banki, which is a border town with Cameroun, has about 42,000 IDPs. During the 2-day medical outreach, he said the NAF Medical Team attended to many health cases among which were malaria, typhoid and diarrhea cases among the children.
He said: “The NAF medical personnel carried out four minor surgeries on three children and one adult while also taking deliveries of three new babies. Additionally, the Team attended to cases of cataract and other eye-related problems.
“Furthermore, the NAF medical team conducted training programme on family planning and contraceptives for staff of Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency and UNICEF to handle high-risk pregnancies, which was prevalent in the camp.”
The DOPRI recalled that the NAF, under the leadership of Air Marshal Abubakar, has taken several steps to address the issues of healthcare delivery in IDP Camps, as part of its humanitarian interventions in the North East.
For instance, he said two Emergency Hospitals had since been embedded at Dalori and Bama IDP Camps and various medical outreach programmes had been conducted at the IDP camps in Gwoza, Benishek, Mainok and Jakana.
Adesanya said that NAF remains committed to conducting more medical outreach programmes for the IDPs, in support of the Federal Government’s efforts in the same regard.