Counter in­sur­gency: Air Force be­gins de-in­duc­tion of troops

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Nige­rian Air Force (NAF) Med­i­cal Ser­vices Branch has com­menced a two-week de-in­duc­tion pro­gramme for Spe­cial Forces re­turn­ing from com­bat in the North­east.

Air Forces spokesman, Air Com­modore Ola­tokunbo Ade­sanya in a state­ment yes­ter­day said the de-in­duc­tion pro­gramme, which is at the in­stance of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Mar­shal Sadique Abubakar, was the first of its kind in the his­tory of the NAF.

He said it was aimed at en­sur­ing the phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing of com­bat­ants, be­fore they are re­united with their fam­i­lies and re-in­te­grated into the larger so­ci­ety.

He added that the pro­gramme was to en­sure that per­son­nel with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der such as anx­i­ety, night­mare and psy­cho­log­i­cal de­pres­sion were ad­e­quately treated.

He said while serv­ing in the North­east, some of the per­son­nel could have de­vel­oped phys­i­cal and men­tal stresses, as well as di­rect phys­i­cal/com­bat in­juries, the ef­fects of which could last for a long pe­riod af­ter leav­ing the com­bat zone and hence, the need for the pro­gramme.

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