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Exercise Crocodile Smile IV: 4 Brigade takes free medical outreach to community

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The 4 Nigerian Army, Benin on Friday”>Brigade of Nigerian Army, Benin on Friday carried out a free medical outreach in Uhiele community in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo.


According to Maj. Ojo Adenegan, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, the exercise was one of the Civil/Military relations for exercise crocodile smile IV by the Brigade.

Adenegan also said that the outreach was to build confidence in communities in the Brigade areas of operations and responsibilities, which cuts across the three senatorial district of the state.

He also said that it would help to sustain the synergy between the Brigade and host communities especially in information sharing, adding that through the civil/military relations, host communities would be ready to share more information.

He disclosed that 700 persons were targeted to benefit from the free medical outreach services provided.

“About 150 insecticide treated mosquito nets will be distributed as well as several medical eye glasses.

“The beneficiaries were being treated for blood sugar, HIV, dental and eye problems, blood count, Diabetes, and High Blood Pressure, while drugs will be given to them free,’’ he said.

Nigeria News Agency recalls that at the flag-off of the exercise on Nov. 12, Brig.-Gen. Greg Omorogbe, the Brigade Commander said that the free medical outreach would be carried out in all the three senatorial district of the state.

Omorogbe flagged off the medical outreach at Ikpako in Ovia North East Local Government Area on Nov. 12, while the Nigerian Army Women Corps”>Nigerian Army Women Corps also carried out a similar outreach on Nov. 17.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to NAN, commended the Nigerian Army for taking into consideration the health of the public and coming up with the outreach.

Mr Andrew Ekpenwele, the Odionwere of Ukpoke community in Uhiele, appreciated the Nigerian Army 4 Brigade for bringing the services to his community.

Ekpenwele, who said he was more than 100 years, said he came for eye related problems and was attended to promptly.

Another beneficiary, Mrs Philomena Ikhine, a 54 year-old trader, commended the efficiency and professionalism exhibited by the Army medical team.

She said that though there had been cases of medical outreach in the community, but none was like that provided by the Brigade.

“Beneficiaries were made to pay money for registration as well as for their drugs in previous medical outreach in the community, while this one provided by the Brigade is totally free.

“I pray that God will to continue to protect officers and men of the Brigade for providing the services,’’ she said.

Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ismail Abdulaziz
(NAN)



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