Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has indicated that it would establish a two-level hospital at the largest Internally Displaced Persons IDP, camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by NAF’s director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, the initiative is part of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar’s new strategy to tackle the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East region.
Alonge said apart from the establishment of the hospital, the air chief also ordered the construction of a borehole to service the hospital and other people within the camp.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the National Security Adviser, NSA, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd) accompanied by the service chiefs visited several IDP camps in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, including Dalori Camp last week, where it was observed that the elderly men, women and children were in dire need of more healthcare and water supply.
Consequently, the Chief of Air Staff gave the NAF Director of Medical Services the marching order to establish a hospital with full complements to enhance the IDPs’ healthcare needs.
The NAF spokesman said the force had intensified the aerial bombardments of Sambisa forest, as the F-7 fighter aircraft carried out interdiction mission over designated targets and suspected terrorists locations.
He said the Alpha Jet carried out armed reconnaissance and attacked some moving vehicles belonging to the terrorists, while the Mi-24 and Mi-35 attack helicopters further carried out interdiction mission at some identified targets all in Sambisa forest.
The statement also said the ATR-42 and Diamond-142 surveillance aircraft continued with their ISR missions over Damasak, Alafia and Sambisa forest where some abandoned vehicles belonging to the terrorists were seen at some locations in the forest.
The Chief of Air Staff has reiterated his assurances to all Nigerians that the air assault would continue until total victory is achieved.

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