By Muhammad Auwal
The One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, haf offered free medical services to 5,000 persons in Kuyello community, Birnin Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State.
The beneficiaries received free Gynaecology consultancy, mosquito nets, dental services, eyes and diabetes testing.
Other services rendered by the Army to the community included laboratory services, tuberculosis and hypertension screening as well as malaria treatment.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Major General Faruk Yahaya, said the gesture was to strengthen existing cordial relationship between soldiers and civilians.
The GOC, represented by the Garrison Commander 1 Division, Brig-Gen Jimmy Akpor, said that the medical outreach program was part of activities to mark the 2019 Nigerian Army Day.
He explained that the decision to select Kuyello for the program was informed by the fact that the community is a border area, and like most border areas, has no medical facilities.
He noted that through exercise Harbin Kunama III, the Army decided to set up a super camp to ensure the security of the area.
Yahaya described the people of Kuyello as accommodating and loving, hence the need for the division to reciprocate the gesture.
Earlier, the District Head of Kuyello, Mallam Alhassan Alhassan expressed gratitude to the Army for identifying with the community and appealed for more of such gestures in future.
Malam Alhassan pledged continued cooperation with security agencies especially the Army for the sustenance of peace in the area.