From Yusuf Mairiga Shekarau, Jos
The Headquarters of 3 armoured division Nigerian Army, Jos in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) have jointly organized free medical outreach with a view to educate members of the public about the lingering case of covid-19 pandemic.
The event which held Monday morning at Dadin kowa community of Jos south LGA was graced by many dignitaries involving governments representatives, military personnel and civilians populace.
Declaring the event open, the General Officer Commanding 3 Div Major General Nuhu Angbazo said “ It is strategic that the current moment is chosen for the outreach. This is coming at a time when the world is battling against covid-19 pandemic. It is important that the medical outreach continues to enable our society become fully informed about the deadly virus”. He said, “Apart from sensitizing the public on covid-19, the outreach is also meant to carry out test on different forms of sickness. You can walk round and test your sugar levels, hepatitis, blood pressure amongst others”.
The GOC expressed optimism that the APHPN found the Nigerian Army worthy of the partnership.
Commenting, the National Chairman of the APHPN Prof. Benjamin Ozo Chukwu said “ We are doing this to mark the 36 Annual General Meeting of the APHPN. This year, we decided to conduct this outreach in partnership with the military so as to enlighten our families and the immediate society about the dangers of the recent pandemic outbreak and how members of the public will get to prevent themselves and stay safe of being infected with the virus.”
Earlier in his remark, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong applauded the initiative and commended the organizers for putting the center of the event in Plateau State.
Lalong who was ably represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Jerry Werry, reiterated his government determination to providing every necessary support that will facilitate the conduct of the exercise.
Grace Plangnang, one of the beneficiaries interviewed said “I am so much elated to have this event holding here in Dadin Kowa, my community. You can see, I just had my BP test and I will be enrolling further to the next round of the exercise to test my sugar level. Interestingly, it’s all for free”.
Abdullahi Bala, also a beneficiary said he has enjoyed series of test and medical checks up, nothing that nobody asked him to pay a kobo.