YWCA was introduced into Nigeria in April 1906, with its first branch in Abeokuta, Ogun State. As such, 2016 is a special year for us as we mark our 110th anniversary in the country. A variety of activities were organized to celebrate ourselves and the work we do to make the world a better place for generations to come. Part of these activities is a women’s health seminar to enlighten women, young women and girls on prevalent diseases peculiar to females and provide information on how to prevent such and live healthy lives.
The event, which took place on Thursday 27th October 2016 at Bishop Adetiloye Hall of Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church, with the theme: Women’s health is Wealth explored contemporary women heath issues which includes an expose on Infective Vaginitis presented by Dr. (Mrs) Adeola. She explained the physiology of the female genitalia and it susceptibility to infection if proper hygiene is not maintained. She expanded on the causes, symptoms and care of vaginitis – an infection that inflames the vagina and occurs as a result of a change in the PH of the region from bacterial or fungal infection. Dr. Adeola encouraged participants to take personal hygiene seriously for prevention, early detection and treatment of vaginitis.
Participants at the seminar also learnt of the benefits of health maintenance and cancer prevention. Dr. (Mrs) Adedoyin Soyele, who facilitated the session emphasized the need to prevent health problems before they occur as well as the need to inculcate the habit of periodic medical checks/screening to help detect infections early. Dr. Soyele spoke extensively on breast and cervical cancer, which are the commonest forms of cancer affecting women today.
Mrs. Omolara Fashola a UK trained Therapist /Mental Health Specialist, enlightened women on mental health and the need to minimize stress and to remain mentally calm in the current recession to avoid the mental stress it may bring.
National President, YWCA of Nigeria – Lady Chikwue Ochiagha shared that “Every women should have access to medical screening and YWCA of Nigeria is in the fore front of ensuring that it comes at little or no cost”. To walk the talk, participants were provided free medical screening – body mass index, cervical cancer, blood sugar and blood pressure, powered by YWCA National Health committee and Clinix Healthcare.