Cross River - No fewer than 300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bakassi local government area of Cross River on Friday benefited from the free medical outreach conducted by the 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar.
Brig.-Gen. Sani Mohammed, Commander of the Brigade, said that the humanitarian medical outreach was part of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai’s vision on civil-military relations.
The IDPs are camping at Ikot Effiong/Obutong primary school in Bakassi local government area of the state.
Mohammed said that the Army decided to reach out to the IDPs because they needed adequate medical service to keep them in good health.
The commander advised the IDPs to have a positive outlook towards life, adding that the Army would always remember them in their activities.
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The IDPs were tested for malaria, blood pressure, hepatitis, typhoid and fever, among others, while drugs were equally administered to them.
Speaking, the Coordinator of the camp, Aston Inyang, thanked the Army for their humanitarian medical outreach.
Inyang said that they were brought to the camp on October 4, 2009, after the ceding of the oil rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon on August 14, 2008.
According to him, the camp has been neglected by the government and appealed to the state and federal governments to come to their aid.