The Nigerian Navy, on Monday in Abuja, offered free medical services to Mpape Community in Bwari Area Council of FCT as part of activities to mark its 58th anniversary.
NAN reports that the medical services rendered included blood pressure check, eye examination and issuance of free eye glasses.
The Navy also organised public lecture on HIV/AIDS, malaria, environmental, personnel and oral hygiene, as well as counseling and free HIV/AIDS test.
The medical team also give out souvenirs and treated mosquito nets to pregnant women and nursing mothers.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Usman Jubrin, represented by the Director of Naval Medical Service, Rear Adm. Azeez Afolayan, said that the activity was to mark the Nigerian Navy Week 2014 celebrations.
He said the event was part of efforts by the navy to enhance healthy civil and military relationship, and also, part of navy’s corporate responsibility.
“The rhapsody provides avenue for the navy to get closer to the rural communities and civil populace.
“It is my belief that events like this are capable of stimulating the interest of the young ones in the community to aspire for a career in the navy.
“There have been wonderful responses and experiences from communities where this event had been held in the past.’’
Jubrin urged members of the community to maximise the benefits of the event and enjoined them to be security conscious and always alert security agencies about unusual happenings in their environment, including the presence of strange and suspicious persons.
Dr Benson Udu, Disease Control Officer, Bwari Area Council, who represented the Chairman of Bwari Area Council, Peter Yohanna, thanked the navy for the gesture.
He said the council was grateful as the free medical service would help residents who were sick to be treated.
The Sarkin (Emir) Mpape, Alhaji Abubakar Gimba, also thanked the navy for the gesture and prayed that Allah would bless the navy for doing that.
Mrs Ngozi Okonkwo who benefited from the Navy’s said the free eye glasses she received would assist her to see very well.
“This glasses will help me to see very well as I have been looking for money to buy one,” she said.
Another beneficiary, Ibrahim Sule, also commended the navy for the gesture, saying it had helped those who could not afford hospital bill.