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Tackling PTSD Among Military: COAS, Lt. Gen Attahiru Pledges Support for DEPOWA Projects.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru has assured the leadership of DEPOWA, Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association, of Nigerian Army (NA) continuous support and collaboration towards achieving the execution of its humanitarian projects and programmes.

The COAS made the pledge while receiving the President, Defence and Police Officers Wives Association (DEPOWA) Barr. (Mrs) Victoria Anwuli Irabor at the Army Headquarters (AHQ), Abuja.

Lt. Gen Attahiru commended the leadership DEPOWA, Nigerian Army Officers Officers Wives (NAOWA), Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) and Nigerian Air Force Wives Association (NAFOWA) for their initiatives and programmes which was channels towards ameliorating problems that borders on healthy living and improved lifestyle of personnel.

He noted that the programme has direct benefit on military families and the general public adding that Nigerian Army will not relent in giving DEPOWA all the necessary support that will enhance the execution of DEPOWA humanitarian projects and programme.

The DEPOWA President, Barr Victoria Irabor earlier in her remarks, maintained that DEPOWA has evolved to become an organization focused on providing support to Wives of personnel and their families towards achieving a healthy military community.

She disclosed that in line with her program tagged “Uniting Our Voices First” (UOVF), the Association is seeking the collaboration of the Nigerian Army to provide solutions to address the root causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) faced by personnel.

Mrs Irabor said many military personnel had suffered physical injuries, suppression and emotional trauma accumulated from experiences in the theatres of operation pointing out that traits such as nightmares, anxiety, outburst of anger are usually triggered in response to trauma and are therefore indicators of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The DEPOWA President however proposed the establishment of PTSD evaluation and rehabilitation centre to evaluate, counsel and provide adequate support to personnel and their spouses prior to reintegration at the end of their operational tour of duty from the various theatres of operations.

The DEPOWA President was accompanied by the National President of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs Fati Attahiru, National President Naval Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA), Hajiya Nana Aisha Gambo and the National President, Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA), Mrs Elizabeth Amao among others.

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