ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has established another 35-bed field hospital to cater for the healthcare needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bama, Borno State.
The latest facility makes the second field hospital to be established by the NAF in Borno to cater for IDP needs. The first was established in Dalori IDP Camp.
The establishment of the new NAF emergency hospital is expected to ease the challenges as well as alleviate the sufferings of the IDPs while the Federal Government perfects plans for their return to their villages.
According Air Force authority, the purpose of the NAF humanitarian efforts is to endear the victims and gain their support for the NAF, and by so doing to acquire the necessary intelligence needed to successfully prosecute the on-going counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations.
Borno Governor, Alhaji Kassim Shettima, said the development was another measure by the NAF to save lives aside its fighting to protect them.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, said that the NAF would continue to do everything within its ambit to provide necessary assistance towards addressing the challenges facing the IDPs.
The Bama IDPs camp, before now, had been in dare need of additional medical facilities as the only medical outfit established by UNICEF was already overstretched and lacking the requisite facilities and manpower to adequately cater for over 9 450 IDPs in the camp.
– CAJ News