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Army Donates VVF Ward To Sokoto Hospital


Army Donates VVF Ward To Sokoto Hospital

….As NAOWA Empowers 78 In Sokoto Barracks

Onuminya Ochowechi in Sokoto 

The people of Goronyo Local Government  Area of Sokoto state were full of joy and accolades for the Nigerian Army (NA) as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has donated  fully equipped vesicular  Vaginal Fistula ,(VVF).ward to Goronyo general hospital.

Speaking at the commissioning, the national president of Nigerians Army officers Wives  (NAOWA ) Hajia  Salamatu Yahaya described the project as one of the special  Intervention Civil Military Cooperation projects aimed at winning the hearts and minds of Nigerians by complementing existing infrastructures. 

She added that the Nigerian Army belongs to Nigerians and as such they must partner in ensuring that Nigeria is safe and secured. 

The hospital ward was constructed under the Chief of Army Staff, Army-Civil relationship in the country.

She further  said the project was conceived to support VVF victims and to complement government efforts as well as donors efforts toward enhancing VVF treatment and services. 

She expressed optimism that the ward would assist in ensuring smooth patients treatment, care and workers services adding that Goronyo hospital was selected in view of high concentration of VVF patients from Nigeria and neighboring country of Niger Republic.

” COAS had approved the construction of VVF ward in the last eight months and completed on Jan. 30, this year. It was equipped with all the necessary facilitaties for VVF treatment and a hospital ward she said.

According to her, the association is concerned with plights of women suffering from VVF, and in recognition of distinct efforts of Sokoto treatment centre, NAOWA deems it fit to support them as being constructed in other local government outside the metropolis.

The NAOWA President commended COAS for the foresight to consider VVF patients and their vulnerability in the society along with women empowerment at large in his community support programmes.

She urged fistula patients to come forward to access the services as VVF is curable and experts are available to treat at all times as well as access the  supports giving to VVF victims in the country. 

In her remark, the wife of General Officer Commanding (GOC) and state Chairperson of NAOWA, Mrs Florence Mutkut, said the newly constructed fistula ward would help to restore dignity of women in society.

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She lauded the leadership of NAOWA  led by Salamatu Yahaya on thier efforts to address challenges faced by women and called on hospital management to ensure proper use of the facility. 

In a related development, NAOWA President launched the distribution of  working tools to 78 trained women under NAOWA empowerment support programme in Giginya barracks Sokoto.

The benefiting women were trained at Eagle Net Vocational Training Center located at 8 Division of Nigeria Army Sokoto.

Yahaya said the center was commissioned in Oct. 2019, with students on tailoring, knitting, soap making, saloon services.

She said the effort was to make soldiers wives and others more productive through engagement on viable business ventures and reiterated NAOWA commitment to expand the services and supports. 

” 78 trained women will get starter packs and N5,000 each to commence business. 

” I urged you beneficiaries to make good use of business instruments to support your respective families. ” Yahaya said.

Earlier, Mrs Florence Mutkut, the wive of 8 Division GOC and state NAOWA Chairperson said the center has also introduced Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Music, Leather works and Catering services classes. 

She further announced the change of center’s name from Eagle Net to NAOWA training center in order to have more corporate attractions and services.

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