NAOWA lifts students with eye impairment, donates 391 glasses in Lagos, Ogun 

The Nigerian Army Officers Wives’ Association (NAOWA), 81 Division chapter, under the leadership of the chairperson, Pharm. Mrs Rekiya Usman, in collaboration with Restore Foundation for Child Sight, a non-governmental organisation, have examined 3,110 students for eye-related problem, as well as donated 314 eye glasses to the ones with eye impairment in Lagos and Ogun states.

The exercise themed, ‘School Eye Health Programme,’ was Wednesday held at 81 Division Officers’ Mess Onikan Lagos. 

Speaking during the event, the 81 Division NAOWA chairperson, Mrs Usman said the exercise  was conducted in three phases, which include training, screening, and intervention phases. 

She said the association in collaboration with Restore Foundation, had been able to train teachers under the Division on how to identify children with sight impairment and consulted with over 3,110 students at the screening phase, which has been able to identify 391 children being presented with eyeglasses and 12 kids for eyes surgery, while one of the children successfully underwent operation. 

The chairperson thanked the national president of NAOWA, Mrs Maria Lagbaja, for her guidance and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division for his support. 

The GOC, Major General, Muhammad Usman, while giving his remarks, thanked the chairperson for the initiative, promising that the Division would continue to support the association’s unique innovative programmes.  

Some of the schools that benefited from the programme included Command Day Secondary Schools, Ojo, Ikeja and Oshodi; and Command Children Schools, Bonny Cantonment, Ojo and  Ikeja.

Others were NAOWA Nursery and Primary Schools, Ojo, Yaba, Ikorodu and Badagry, all in Lagos state and NAOWA Nursery and Primary School, Owode, Ogun state.