Navy offers medical services to 2, 500 persons in Bayelsa

THE Central Naval Command, with headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has offered free medical services to no fewer than 2,500 persons in some communities in the state.
During the medical outreach on Wednesday in Agudama, comprising Epie and Akenfa communities in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, the Nigerian Navy offered free malaria tests and treatment, blood pressure checks, eye screening and treatment.
Other gestures extended by the Navy were free diabetes screening, deworming of children, and treatment of urinary dysfunction, among others.
The Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba, said the gesture was part of the force’s carrot and stick approach to fight criminality in the CNC’s area of responsibility.
The FOC reiterated that the free medical rhapsody was to promote and strengthen civil-military relations and also to boost healthcare service delivery at targeted communities.
He further said, “As military, our responsibility is not only to break the will of the adversaries, but also to interact and feel concerned for the people because we are a part of the larger society.
“The Central Naval Command will continue to sustain the free medical rhapsody within his area of responsibility and has also directed units under the command to carry out the free medical services in their respective communities.
“The free medical outreach is part of the carrot and stick approach in fighting criminality in the CNC’s area of responsibility.”
Garba, however, urged law-abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses as the command was ever ready to tackle crimes in its area of operations.
The paramount ruler of Akenfa II, Chief Odadia Osomu, was excited at the free medical outreach and commended the efforts of the Nigerian Navy for the gesture.
Osomu also commended the Navy for identifying with the youth, the elderly, the physically challenged, market women and the visually impaired persons in the respective communities.