Navy provides free medical outreach to 20,000 Rivers residents

Apr 18, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

Yesterday, over 2,000 individuals benefited from a one-day free medical outreach organized by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder for its host community in the Rumuolumeni area of Rivers State.

The outreach, named “Free Medical Rhapsody,” was held at the Community Secondary School, Nkpor, Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State. Beneficiaries hailed from neighbouring communities such as Elioparanwo, Mgbuosimini, Mgbuodohia, and Rumueme.

Attendees received treatments for various ailments including malaria, typhoid, and hypertension, along with screenings for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Additionally, eye examinations, vaccinations for children, urine tests, distribution of free medication and insecticide-treated nets, provision of free recommended glasses, free consultations, dental services, and health education were provided.

Rear Admiral Samson Bura, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of the Central Naval Command, inaugurated the outreach. He emphasized the importance of health in governance and highlighted the Navy’s commitment to community outreach programs like the medical rhapsody.

Commodore Desmond Igbo, Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, reiterated that the outreach was part of the Navy’s corporate social responsibility for its host communities. He stressed the significance of regular health checks and stated that the medical rhapsody aligned with the Chief of Naval Staff’s mandate to promote community health awareness.

Representing the Paramount Ruler of Kpor Kingdom, His Royal Highness Eze Ikechi Wagbara, Chief Chikwe Nyewenwo expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Navy for the timely healthcare intervention, particularly amid rising medical costs.

Beneficiaries lauded the Nigerian Navy for the healthcare initiative, expressing joy and gratitude for the restoration of their health.

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