World Health Day: Foundation offers free medical treatment to Ex- servicemen
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Mar 7,Abuja: As the world marked International World Day, a Kaduna state based Non Governmental Organization Womenhood Foundation of Nigeria offered Ex- servicemen free medical treatment for various ailments in Northwest Nigeria. World Health Organisation(WHO) set aside 7th April of each year as the day for world heath commemoration. The excise held at the Secretariat of the ex-servicemen situated at Mando outskirt of Igabi local government area of Kaduna state.
Director of the Foundation Nuradeen Bello said the dignity of the ex-servicemen must be recognised which is why they offered the services to them. Founder and Chairperson of the Foundation Maryam Abubakar said her late biological father Garba Ila was an ex- serviceman which was why she came to their aid to assist. "You are the reason why we are here because you have sacrifice for Nigeria's survival and without peace we would not have been here today,therefore we are here with team of Doctors to give free medical diagnoses and to donate other gift items in appreciation to your various contribution to the nation.
" You are not supposed to be neglected considering the role you have played in keeping Nigeria one,you are our Heroes and as you are old you need our support, encouragement so as to keep you strong and healthier. " There is urgent need for the Federal Government to come to your aid, especially by paying your pension as at when due. "We will partner with you and we are also ready to offer scholarship to your children to study in our School of Health Science free of charge,"she said.
Theme of this year world health day is”Campaign against Depression. State Chairman of the Ex-servicemen Welfare Association Master Warrant Officer Yusif Usman said it was the first time an NGO rendered free health medical care to their members. " Let me confessed that this humanitarian service to us is first of its kind since the establishment of our association in 2002. We are very grateful for this gesture." he said.
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