The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, has reiterated the committment of the Nigerian Army to giving prompt attention to the medical needs of wounded officers and soldiers.
The Army Chief resounded the committment today, 8 July, at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna, while visiting wounded personnel in the hospital.
Yahaya expressed appreciation for their sacrifice to the nation, and added that the NA is doing everything possible despite the challenges of the Covid – 19 pandemic to provide them with adequate treatment in order to speed up their recovery.
He also disclosed that all arrangements had been concluded for personnel who require medical treatment abroad, to be flown out, and especially for those in need of plastic surgery and prosthetics.
Lt Gen Yahaya further stated that arrangements werr ongoing to build a state-of-the-art facility within the hospital for the production of prosthetics for personnel who have lost their lower limbs in service to the nation.
He said ongoing effort in that regard is in partnership with some foreign experts from Germany.
According to him, the partnership will not only hasten the provision of such artificial body parts, but also save the army the huge cost of moving the personnel abroad for treatment. He attributed some of the delays being witnessed in actualising this partnership, to the prevailing Covid -19 pandemic.
The COAS, while on a tour of the hospital wards, made token donations to all the in-patients to further boost their morale.
He was later given a brief by the Chief Medical Director, CMD,, of the hospital, Colonel Steven Onuchukwu on the achievements and challenges of the hospital.
Responding, the COAS, expressed commitment to ensuring that the challenges of the hospital are adequately addressed to cater for the medical needs of personnel.