By Sumaila Ogbaje
The President, Defence and Police Officers Wives Association (DEPOWA), Mrs Oghogho Musa, has advised wives of officers and men of the armed forces to engage in regular physical exercises for healthy living.
The wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, made the call at the DEPOWA’s Route March/Aerobics Exercise to mark Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the association had on Wednesday, commenced a 3-Day Medical Outreach as part of activities to mark the cervical cancer awareness campaign in the barracks.
DEPOWA kick-started the outreach with donation of medical equipment to the Defence Headquarters Medical Centre and health talk on cervical cancer awareness at Mogadishu Cantonment.
The association also held awareness talk with over 250 school girls on personal hygiene and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine as well free cervical cancer test for 200 women and climaxed it with the exercise on Saturday.
Addressing women from all the services and police associations, Musa said the exercise marked the commencement of Bi-weekly DEPOWA walk that would be hosted by the various officers wives associations across barracks.
She said the move was to help boost the health of the women to be able to stay healthy to take care of the home front in the absence of their husbands who are always at the battle fields in defence of the nation.
“We have agreed that bi-monthly, we are going to continue this walk and want to let you know that today we have already done over 6000 steps and so by the end of the day, you would have done over 10,000 and that is the minimum.
“We must be able to do 10,000 steps each day so that will be free from all forms of diseases with God helping us.
“Also I want to use this medium to also unveil our DEPOWA tracksuit.
“This is one of our uniforms because we love exercising, we want to live healthy as ladies so that it will enable us take care of ourselves, take care of the children, take care of our husbands, take care of our families, take care of the home front.
“Please let us continue in this routine exercise. It is very important for every one of us,” she said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola