The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has taken its free medical outreach and other humanitarian services to Kamuru-Ikulu district in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State in northwestern part of the country.
The Military said the effort was aimed at consolidating on its none kinetic approach in winning the hearts and minds of its civilian populace.
The team leader from the Military base, Brig-Gen. Florence Gyang, said on Thursday the exercise was to demonstrate that the Military belonged to all Nigerians.
Gyang who led his men, mainly paramedics, to Southern Kaduna, advised communities not to be afraid of soldiers.
Besides providing medical assistance during the community-relations activity, Gyang said they would support more military intervention in the area of security within their Area of Responsibility.
The gesture billed to last for two days, was targeted to provide health screening, free consultation, free drugs, health talk, primary dental care, eye test and issuing of eye glasses, deworming of children and issuing of mosquito nets, our correspondent reports.
However, Gyang who expressed appreciation that thousands of the locals turned up for the outreach, gave assurances that the defense headquarters will continue its constitutional roles of providing adequate aid to the civil populace in its general area of operations at all times.
The Acting District Head, Kamuru-Ikulu in Zangon Kataf LGA, Hon. Nicholas Afel, who applauded the exercise, said the collaboration between the Military and the host community was welcomed.
Afel called for an expansion of the programme to enable more poor communities to benefit from it.