Lt. General Lagbaja Upgrades All Nigerian Army Hospitals, Commissions 401 Special Forces Brigade Medical Centre in Makurdi

The Incumbent Nigerian Army Chief,  (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has again commissioned a state of the art medical facility one of the numerous efforts to upgrade Nigerian Army NA welfare facilities in line with the Sound Administration beam of his Command Philosophy. 

In a  colourful ceremony held on Wednesday 8 May 2024, at the Joe Akahan Military Cantonment, Lt Gen Lagbaja inaugurated a state of the art medical facility in 401 Special Forces Brigade, Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Speaking at the inauguration, Gen Lagbaja stated that the Makurdi project was used as a model design for the development of other medical facilities in the NA. 

According to The medical centre, which is said to be off the national grid, was installed with a 150KVA solar smart inverter system with a 100KVA diesel-powered generator as backup in the rainy season and periods of heavy cloud cover. 

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the centre is also equipped with basic life support machines to save lives before referral to a higher or more advanced tertiary facility, should the need arise. 

The COAS also noted that for the delivery o pregnant women in the Cantonment, the labour and maternity wards have equally been] upgraded to eradicate maternal and infant mortality, often occasioned by lack of essential equipment. 

He assured that with the new facility, for women of child-bearing age, there should be no cause for alarm.

Gen Lagbaja disclosed that  similar interventions have since commenced in the brigade medical centres in Lokoja and Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos, while that of the Gibson Jalo Cantonment, Yola is the next in line. 

He asserted his belief in adequate support for the home front and good welfare package  necessary to strengthen the moral component of fighting power, emphasizing that "when our troops are well-led and well-catered for, they will fight well to secure our dear country from internal and external threats". 

Shedding more light on the viability of the project, the Army Chief averred that " it is an aggressive drive to enhance the standard of living of our warriors and members of their families. It is the government's way of appreciating their sacrifices and boosting their morale". He charged the 401 Special Forces Brigade community to take ownership of the facility and put it to good use by ensuring it is accorded adequate maintenance at all times.

He thanked  President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the support the NA has continued to receive from the Federal Government. He equally appreciated the minister and other leadership of the Ministry of Defence, as well the Chief of Defence Staff for their guidance and encouragement.  

Gen Lagbaja further expressed gratitude to well- meaning Nigerians, who on their own have encouraged the Nigerian Army NA by undertaking one intervention project or the other in the barracks.

The Commander 4 Special Forces Command, Major General Hillary Nzan, who also spoke at the commissioning ceremony, noted that the medical facility will not only bring succour to the cantonment community, but also to the adjoining communities, as its services will be open to the civil populace. He lauded the COAS for berthing the initiative and bringing it to actualization

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