The Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) has offered free medical services to Dogon Fadama community in Kontagora Local Area of Niger.
The medical outreach is one of the series of events lined up for passing out parade of 66 Regular Course of the academy.
The services rendered by the medical team of the NDA included dental and eye examination, nursing, laboratory, clinical and pharmaceutical services.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Commandant of the NDA, AVM Sadiq Kaita, said the outreach was in keeping with NDA’s corporate social responsibility.
“It is customary that we extend our hands of friendship to the community that we operate within their space.
“And that is why our commandant deemed it that we should carry out this medical outreach for Dogon Fadama.
“As you can see, there is a huge turnout by the people of the community,”
Kaita said this year’s outreach was unique as it involved the active participation of the cadets who engaged youths of the community on the importance of education and the need to stay away from drugs.
“What we have done differently this time around is that we brought in the cadets to participate actively in the outreach.
“You can see with your own eyes that they were the ones carrying the community people around.
“At the same time, they engaged the youths on why they should get an education and also stay away from drugs,” he added.
In his remarks, the village head of Dogon Fadama, Shitu Isah, commended the NDA for coming to the aid of the community.
Isah noted that the activities of the military had led to a drastic reduction in crime and criminal activities within the community and its environs.