By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi—As part of activities mapped out for its Operation Python Dance and in a rekindled spirit of excellent civil/military relationship, the medical team of the 302 Artillery Regiment (General Support), yesterday, gave free medical treatment to over 300 indigenes and non indigenes of Azia community in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state.
Residents of the community trooped out en masse within 30 minutes of the arrival of the medical team to access the free medical services, while those who were attended to went home to bring their loved ones to receive the service.
Col. Issah Abdullahi, who is the Commander of 302 Artillery Regiment (General Support), Onitsha was present to supervise the free medical service.
Speaking with Vanguard at the expansive Azia Town Hall, Regimental Medical Officer in charge of the medical outreach, Captain Casmir Okpe, said the common ailments of the people are hypertension and arthritis among the elderly, while malaria and upper respiratory tract infection (cough) were predominant among the children.
President General of Azia community, Chief Ken Maduakor, in his speech at the venue, thanked the Army for bringing the medical service to their community, even when they did not invite them or lobby for the service.
“We did not call them and they decided to come and render medical service to our people. I am happy and excited because it is a kind of honour to our people. God has made them come here and we pray that God will strengthen them in their work and protect them while doing their job of rendering service to humanity.”