– Military widows get free food items
By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
Residents of Zamani village, around the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, have commended the Nigerian Airforce for its free medical outreach in the community.
The medical outreach is part of activities to commemorate the 57th Anniversary Celebration of NAF.
Meanwhile, as part of the activities, the Nigerian Airforce Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA) also donated food items to widows of late military personnel.
Widows of deceased Navy and Army personnel also benefitted from the donations.
At Zamani Village, the residents who were treated for various diseases appealed to other Organisations to emulate the Nigerian Airforce.
The Commander, 063 NAF Hospital, Airforce Base, Abuja, Group Captain Muzzamil Mohammed, said poverty was hindering the people’s access to good healthcare.
He said that the free medical outreach is one of the ways to reduce crime in the society.
Earlier, the NAFOWA President, Mrs Elizabeth Amao led her members to donate medical equipment to the 063 NAF Hospital.
Speaking at the hospital, she said NAFOWA came out to stretch out hands of friendship by enforcing one of their visions which is health care delivery.
Items donated to the hospital include BP check machine, stretchers, disposable syringes, pedal bin, refrigerator, airconditioners, etc.
Mrs Amao said the humanitarian outreach to the widows was meant to make them have a sense of belonging in the society.
“Today is set aside to reach out to our sisters who lost their husbands in the cost of fighting against insurgency and other security challenges across the country.
“These our sisters are mostly absent in the statistics, unnoticed by national and local authorities and mostly over looked by the civil society. Their plights, travails and challenges go unnoticed by the generality of the society.
“We are committed not to allow your plights to go unnoticed. We are determined to provide succour to you as best as we can. Though we celebrate you regularly, but today is a special day.
“At the end of the day, we would have drawn the public attention to your challenges. We hope that by so doing, many more will become positive influencers in one way or the other in reaching out to sisters and their children all over the nation.
The widows commended NAFOWA for donations and appealed for more help.