The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has begun rendering medical assistance to the victims of flood in Makurdi, Benue State.
The effort is provided through a medical assistance programme inaugurated on Monday.
This was made known in a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya.
According to him, the programme was inaugurated by Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Tactical Air Command (TAC) of NAF, AVM MA Idris.
The programme, he said, was as a result of the need to contribute to the medical needs of the flood victims.
He said the governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, had expressed his gratitude to the Nigerian Air Force for its assistance to the state, especially in area of humanitarian services.
Adesanya quoted Ortom: “A few days ago, following a downpour, many houses in Makurdi were submerged in flood water.
“The persons affected by the flood were rendered homeless and several medical casualties were recorded.
“Thousands of victims of the flood were accommodated at the Makurdi International Market, where NAF medical outpost programme was inaugurated.”
It would be recalled that as part of efforts to help the victims of flood in the state, NAF recently transported the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and other officials to Makurdi in response to a Presidential directive.
To be able to provide adequate help, the Chief of Air Staff, (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the Medical Services Branch of NAF to provide more drugs and deploy more medical personnel to complement the efforts of the command.