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‘7,403 soldiers receiving treatment in Kaduna’ – Army

The Nigerian Army has disclosed that no fewer than 7,403 injured soldiers are undergoing medical treatment at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna.

44NARHK Acting Chief Medical Director, Colonel Stephen Onuchukwu, made the statement while briefing a Senate delegation led by its President, Ahmad Lawan on challenges facing the 600-bed army hospital.

According to Onuchukwu, some of the wounded soldiers have been maimed for life and required cutting-edge medical facilities to keep them alive.

Dr Onuchukwu, an orthopaedic consultant, is quoted as saying that a total of 7,403 wounded soldiers in action have been received and treated while some are still undergoing treatment at the 44 Army Reference Hospital alone.

“Since the war against insurgency, about 7,403 wounded in active military personnel have been evacuated to this hospital for very urgent medical attention.

“While some of such wounded personnel, got treated and discharged with different forms of deformities, some are maimed for life.

“Those in this category are the ones with spinal cord injury being assisted with Urethral Implant for them to urinate.

“Some also have their legs and hands amputated as a result of cancerous injuries sustained at the battlefronts.

“These are aside others, being rehabilitated from physical, emotional and psychological injuries,” he said.

Col Onuchukwu however said despite the increased capacity of the hospital, some special procedures and treatments are still being done abroad.

The orthopaedic expert, therefore, appealed to the National Assembly and by extension, the Federal Government to assist the Hospital to attain the status of UN Level 4 Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has donated N10million to some of the wounded soldiers still undergoing treatment.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Lawan, assured that the legislature would work with the executive in ensuring that the armed forces is properly resourced and motivated.

He added that the N895b supplementary budget, recently forwarded to the National Assembly by the presidency for the purchase of military equipment and COVID-19 vaccines, would be expeditiously considered and passed and that more funds would be appropriated for the military in the 2022 budget.

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