By Jude Zoho
The Nigerian Army said personnel of its medical corps have extended its medical outreach to more communities in the Niger Delta even as its field training exercise continues across the region.
A statement issued by Army spokesman. Col. Sani Usman said over 500 persons were treated for various ailments within Bille Community in Degema Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State.
He said the exercise in Degema was similar to the ones conducted by the same medical corps in Delta and Bayelsa states.
According to Usman, the provision of medical services was part of activities lined up for the Army’s field training exercise tagged “Exercise Crocodile Smile’’.
“Troops of 2 Brigade, 82 Division, Nigerian Army yesterday touched the lives of over 500 people within Bille Community in Degema Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State with free medical outreach.
“The free medical services featured consultation, diagnosis and eye care, blood pressure checks, free drugs, blood tests and counselling services.
“A similar exercise was held at Nembe Ogbolomabiri and Bassambiri, Bayelsa State on the same day with impressive turnout. At all locations, the beneficiaries of the services expressed happiness with the outreach.’’
Usman said officers and soldiers of the brigade had further sensitized the communities on the planned military training exercise, named “ Exercise Crocodile Smile’’.
He said the Army has enjoined community members to go about their normal businesses as it is aimed at exercising the troops in the Niger Delta region in amphibious operations.
Usman said troops from the Army’s 2 Brigade in Port Harcourt have also conducted a `show of force’ operation as part of the ongoing “Exercise Crocodile Smile’’ in their area of responsibility.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Nigerian Army medical corps personnel have treated thousands of patients during the medical outreach in parts of the Niger Delta.
NAN reports that the medical outreach is an integral part of the Army’s field training exercise in the Niger Delta.