No fewer than 2,000 vulnerable civilians are expected to benefit from the two-day medical outreach program organized by the Nigerian Air Force in Osun.
Air Commanding Officer (AOC), Operations, AVM Charles Ohwo, said the gesture was in fulfillment of a promise made by Air Chief of Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to provide free medical care to the least privileged of society. .
Ohwo, who spoke at the launch of the program on Thursday at Ipetu-Ijesa in the Oriade local government area of Osun, revealed that more than 10,000 people had benefited from a similar free program in Bauchi, Gombe and Owerri, among others.
According to him, “More than 2,000 members of the host community are expected to benefit from this outreach which is designed primarily to reach people who may not be able to afford quality health care.
“Our team will visit other states to ensure that this good gesture of NAF is extended to the less privileged and vulnerable people throughout the country.”
Ohwo, however, called on stakeholders in the healthcare sector to create more awareness about cancer and regular health check-ups.
He also thanked the Chief of Air Staff for his dynamic and visionary leadership and for bringing the Nigerian Air Force to an enviable height.
In his comments, Governor Gboyega Oyetola praised NAF for providing healthcare to the underprivileged in society.
Represented by the state Health Commissioner, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, Oyetola said the program was evidence of the remarkable progress NAF continued to make in touching the lives of its host communities across the country.
“We, in the political sphere, have observed with appreciation how the Nigerian Air Force has taken the lead in addressing various security challenges and providing medical care to civilians.
“The civic-military relationship is also being noticed through various humanitarian aid operations in all areas of the country,” said the governor.
He also commended Abubakar’s visionary leadership and outstanding diligence, determination and dedication in the performance of his duties.
Oyetola urged host communities to take the opportunity of medical outreach to get a checkup, adding that it would be of immense benefit to them.
Journalists report that free medicines will also be provided to residents after conducting the necessary tests on them.
Journalists also report that medical experts are expected to give lectures on cancer and other health-related diseases during the show.