Abuja - About 1 000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have benefited from the free medical services the Nigeria Army have offered in Konduga local government area of Borno State.
Commander of the 7 Division of the Army Headquarters in Maiduguri, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, confirmed the development in the liberated town.
He said the free medical service was initially introduced in Maiduguri but was extended to Konduga and will consequently be moved to other liberated towns to rebuild the confidence of the people of the areas to return back home.
The Army Commander said Konduga, Bama and Gwoza local governments had been retrieved from members of Boko Haram group.
He explained that the free medical treatment was a preliminary step towards relocating fleeing residents of the local governments and building their confidence.
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Adeosun added that the exercise will last for three days in each of the IDPs camp where the areas have been liberated.
He said one of the ways to rebuild the confidence of the people is by putting in place the needed infrastructure which informed the decision of the Nigerian Army to establish a medical outreach to take care of the health needs of the returning residents.
The Medical Director of 7 Division, Brig. Gen. Ikechukwu Okeke, said the major challenges so far experienced during the exercise included malnutrition.
Others include lack of adequate medical facilities at the camps but noted that plans are underway for the provision of more medical facilities while serious cases are being referred to the State Specialist Hospital or University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Maiduguri.
Okeke lamented that due to the large number of the IDPs at the Konduga camps, the military medical personnel rendering the free medical services were inadequate to fully cater for all of them but assured that more personnel would be deployed.
- CAJ News