NAF Flagged Off Medical Outreach at Malkohi IDP Camp
The Officers and Men of the 47 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Yola came out en masse today Saturday 4th June 2016 to provide free medical services to all in need at the Malkohi IDP camp, Yola, Adamawa State.
The team led by Wg. Cmdr A. A. Owodunbi explained that her commander, Grp Cpt Kamla planned and organised the outreach programme to bring relief to the displaced persons at the camps. This outreach is the third in the series of planned fortnightly outings approved by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Sadiq
Abubakar who also upgraded, renovated and equipped the camp clinic with high quality facilities to adequately support basic medical care including Antenatal care, deliveries and hospitalization.
The Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ADSPHCDA) during his welcome address at the opening of the medical outreach thanked the CAS, the Commander of 47 Nigerian Airforce Hospital, Yola and their entire staff in Adamawa State for their magnanimity and focused interventions particularly in this hard times of scarce resources. He specially thanked Wg Cmdr Omodunbi and her team for their zeal and compassion exhibited openly towards helping the needy. He promised to personally visit the Medical Commander at the base and show his solidarity with this laudable programme.
The Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Haruna Hamman Furo also joined the Executive Chairman, ADSPHCDA in thanking the Chief of Air Staff and his team for the immense support.
Before the upgrading, the clinic was operating in a very tight twin-rooms with its toilet converted into the drug store and only very minor medical cases were managed. Most cases were referred out to other hospitals including the 47 NAF Hospital. Cases referred to other hospitals mostly require bills to be settled in cash, the situation was handled by International Rescue Committee until last month when their funds dried up as well. Therefore, the CAS's intervention could not have come at a better time than now.
Donated medicines and consumables were handed over to the facility manager of Malkohi.