The Nigeria Army has flagged off a free medical service to Damaturu residents in the troubled Yobe State, North-east Nigeria.
Flagging off the free medical service, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, said that with the support of the Federal Government, the programme would be sustained to enhance the health status of the inhabitants.
The aim of the programme, according to him, is to enhance civil-military relationship. He commended the cooperation being accorded security personnel by the people of Yobe and urged the inhabitants to sustain the tempo.
Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai said that the Damaturu-Biu road that was taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents has been cleared of any danger by security forces.
The Army Chief, while expressing sadness that the people of the area, who have been law abiding and contributing to the socio-economic development of the country, were dislodged from their homes by the terrorists, stressed that apart from the road being safe, the two towns were also safe.
He said that security forces would continue to patrol of the Damaturu-Biu road so that commuters and inhabitants can live a normal life and be free from any molestation in the hands of the hoodlums.
The free medical service saw the residents benefiting from general medical consultation, screening for blood pressure, viral diseases, hepatitis and diabetes among others.
The residents were also offered free HIV test and consultations as well as general health education.