InIn continuati of activities to mark the 55th Anniversary Celebration of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), two commands conducted medical outreaches in communities within their Areas of Responsibility (AORs) on Friday.
Logistics Command (LC), with its headquarters in Lagos, conducted a medical outreach for residents of Lagos Island Community, Iya-Iduganran Isale Eko, Lagos State, while the Tactical Air Command (TAC) in Makurdi conducted an outreach for the Basu Angbaye community in Makurdi, Benue State.
Flagging off the LC outreach, which catered to the medical needs of close to 300 persons, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) LC Air Vice Marshal (AVM) OA Olabisi said the outreach was part of efforts of the Service to enhance civil-military relations within NAF host communities and was expected to provide health education and counseling, laboratory screening, visual acuity checks and free prescription glasses, dental health services as well as minor surgeries and free medications to members of the community.
In response, the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, represented by Chief Obanikoro of Lagos, Adesoji Ajayi Bembe, thanked the NAF for “such a nice programme in our community”. He added that the people of Lagos Island would continue to be good hosts and neighbours to the NAF.
The TAC outreach, which held at the NKST Church Field in Basu Angbaye community in Makurdi, was flagged-off by the representative of the AOC TAC, the Commander 161 NAF Hospital Makurdi, Air Commodore Okey Ezeanyagu, who commended the inhabitants of the area for turning out enmase for the medical outreach which had about 2,000 people in attendance.
He noted that cases requiring further medical care would be referred to the 161 NAF Hospital for treatment.
Similar medical outreaches were earlier conducted in the AORs of NAF units and formations in Kaduna, Enugu, Bauchi, Yenegoa and Abuja, amongst others, as a way of thanking host communities for their support to the Service over the years whilst also improving civil-military relations.