The Special Task Force (STF) in Jos on Friday inaugurated a free medical service for residents of Jos South and Jos North local government areas of Plateau.
The task force is organising the free medical programme in conjunction with Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Association of Resident Doctors and other agencies.
The Commander of the STF, Maj.-Gen. Henry Ayoola, while addressing dignitaries at the opening ceremony, said the programme was part of efforts to restore lasting peace in the area.
“This free medical outreach is an integral part of our peace building project on the Plateau.
‘’We have to show much concern towards the health of the people we are securing. This is one of the ways of showing love and care to the people in the communities,’’ he said.
Ayoola said the outreach was the first phase of the free medical treatment and promised that it would be extended to other parts of the state.
Declaring the programme open, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Peace Building, Mr Timothy Palock, said the state government was satisfied with the STF’s initiatives.
‘’The government is satisfied with the peace initiatives of the STF, especially this free medical outreach, as it will go a long in making our people live healthy and in peaceful co-existence.
‘’We are very lucky to have these intelligent security chiefs working with us at this our trying moment as they always initiate programmes that will enhance peace building on the Plateau,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Medical Director, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Dr Ishaya Pam, commended STF for organising the free medical treatment and pledged support from the hospital.
‘’I want to commend the STF for this free medical initiative as it will breed peaceful and harmonious living among the people and it could also give people at the grassroots access to primary health care delivery.
‘’We shall continue to be partners in this project and any referral made to JUTH will be treated free and handled with utmost professionalism,’’ he promised.
Also, the Plateau Commissioner for Information, Mr Yiljab Abraham, commended STF for the initiative.
‘’I want to appreciate the efforts of STF in their quest to restore lasting peace on the Plateau. We are feeling the impact of your activities in the state.
‘’Since both Christians and Muslims could fall sick and assemble here together for treatment, then we must learn to live in peace and love one another,’’ Yiljab said.