Army Needs More Medical Personnel - Senior Officer
As the Nigerian Army’s battle with Boko Haram in the northeast continues to linger, so also will the logistics needed to win the war.
It is easy to criticize them for inability to round up the sect, but the issue of their welfare is one that should never be forgotten by citizens and authorities.
One major need is improved medical care for the officers and men of the Army.
The Corp Commander, 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Maj.-Gen. Ikechukwu Okeke, made this point on Tuesday in Lagos.
It was the inauguration of newly renovated Army Reference Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, and Okeke seized the moment to emphasize how much the army needs more medical personnel urgently.
“I wish to humbly appeal to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to continue the gesture of recruitment and commissioning of medical personnel to fill the gaps.
“I also commend the efforts being made to persuade the Ministry of Defence to absorb some temporary civilian staff employed by the hospitals to ease the salary burden,” he said.
He acknowledged, however, that the upgrade and renovation of the hospital would no doubt increase its capacity in the discharge of its role as a tertiary health institution.
The bigger message here is that the renovation of one facility is not enough for an army that has been at war for years.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who was represented by Maj.-Gen. Rasheed Yusuf, gave some encouraging words and his men can only hope for action on and off the battle field.