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Army targets 8,000 in Rivers medical outreach

Army targets 8,000 in Rivers medical outreach - Rivers, HIV/ AIDS, Army

The Nigerian says it is targeting about 8,000 men, women and children in its free medial out­reach aimed at treating pa­tients in State.

The Acting Commander, 6 Division Medical Services and Hospital, Port Harcourt, Lt.- Col. Ayoola Akingbemila,made the disclosure while inaugu­rating the exercise in Oduo­ha-Ogbakiri, Emohua Local Government Area of .

He said the free medical outreach and sanitation exer­cise was in continuation of the Nigerian Day Celebra­tion aimed at fostering mili­tary-civil relationship with its host communities.

“It is customary in the Nige­rian Army that whenever we have our army day celebra­tion, we also organise medical outreach programmes for our host communities. We carry out the exercise by getting across to people and to enable them get the best expertise that the army has to offer in healthcare.

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“We are undertaking free medical counseling, dental evaluation, routine clinical, laboratory testing and phar­macy. We are happy with the massive turnout despite the heavy rain,” he said.

Akingbemila said that some beneficiaries had already been examined and drugs given to patients diagnosed with vari­ous ailments. He said the army had incorporated the `Roll Back Malaria Programme’ in the exercise and was focusing on distributing treated mos­quito nets to nursing mothers and the elderly.

The commander said it also offered voluntary testing and counsel­ing and make referrals as necessary for those who have been tested.

“We are also counselling pa­tients of sexually transmitted diseases as well as counsel nursing mothers on infant nu­trition and breastfeeding,” he said.

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One of the beneficiaries, Blessing Chibuike, 28, ex­pressed delight at the health programme, adding that she had never participated in HIV screening out of fear that she might be stigmatised, if she tested positive.(NAN)

 

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