Pregnant women, nursing mothers and other residents of Ovom community in Bayelsa State have benefited from the Nigerian Navy free medical rhapsody outreach aimed at treating the people for various ailments.
Ovom community, which hosts Bayelsa state government house, Federal Medical Centre, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS Soroh) and many other institutions is largely riverain community and suffered from mosquito bites and other ailments associated with stagnant water during rainy season.
Speaking during the flag-off of the free medical rhapsody on Thursday, the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship, (NNS Soroh), Commodore Abduhakeem Ojebode, said they organized the medical outreach as part of the end of year programme to reach out to the people in the area.
He said that such outreach would stimulate the interest and desires of the youths in the community to aspire to a career in the Nigerian Navy, urging them to partner with the Nigerian Navy in their bid to making the society secure, safe and conducive for all.
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The Central Naval Command Medical Officer, Navy Capt. Abubakar Aliyu, said the free medical rhapsody was a form of health/social outreach designed to impact positively on the host communities.
He explained that the programme was made up of two parts, which involves enlightenment on topical health issues and the free medical checkups and services.
The Chairman of Ovom Community Council of Chiefs, Chief Loveday Abaribote, lauded the Nigerian Navy for the gesture and appealed to them to always remember the community, especially in enlisting the indigenes of the area into the Navy.