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Wounded soldiers receive treatment overseas

26 March 2015, 08:01 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - About 20 soldiers have received treatment abroad as part of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to ensuring adequate healthcare to personnel injured in the line of duty against the Boko Haram terrorists.

Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, reiterated the forces’ position in Abuja at a monthly briefing in Abuja.

“So far, a total of 19 officers and soldiers have been successfully treated abroad. For effective monitoring of wounded soldiers evacuated to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna, the  Chief of Army Staff has directed the Chief of Administration (Army) to visit the hospital fortnightly in order to ensure adequate medical  care/treatment  is given to the  wounded officers/soldiers on admission.”

Our troops in the theatre of operations in the North East have continued to enjoy adequate medical care.  For the avoidance of doubt, the Nigerian Army casualty evacuation procedure starts from the collection point within the unit where casualty receive first aid from their comrades and where necessary casualties are then moved to the Medical Reception Station (MRS) and Divisional Hospitals for further treatment,” Usman said.

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He said exceptional cases were however referred and evacuated by air to reference hospitals.

“In case the Reference Hospital cannot manage the injury, such officer/soldier is evacuated abroad where adequate medical treatment will be administered.

Sani commended the recent spate of successes by the military against Boko Haram terrorists and said it was hinged on troops’ discipline, patriotism and professionalism.

“In this regard, I wish to inform you that our troops have in the last couple of weeks recaptured several towns and localities previously under siege of Boko Haram Terrorists in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.”

- CAJ News


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