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Women’s Health: Another Panacea For Sustainable Development

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nation to associate the woman’s health with development even of a country’s economy. Father from thinking as it seems, it is a fact that outside the good health of the woman, there is the threat of an unbalanced progression with development of a  unit/family or nation moreso, with the sustained male dominance in the Nigerian system.
The Medical  Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Rivers State Branch, at her just concluded 2014 Week/Pink walk, October with the theme The Role of Medical Women In Women’s Health for Sustainable Developemnt held at the Atlantic Hall, Hotel Presidential, last Monday, made it a point of discourse in creating the awareness and realization in the minds of all and sundry for a rethink and subsequent achievements of a sustainable health of the woman.
Speaking shortly after the opening ceremony, the Executive Secretary, Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board and Keynote speaker, Dame Dr Claribel Abam told The Tide’s Women’s Desk that the good health of the woman cannot be disassociated with the nation, maintaining that the failure of the former adversely affects the success of the latter.
Abam who was a pioneer member of the MWAN in the state said “it is obvious that the woman is the key that holds the family and the family units hold the nation’s economic development. It is the effect from the units that sustains the overall economy and so, if the woman in general is sick then there is a problem at the centre and this will affect the health of the nation in terms of growth and development.”
Revealing the motto of the association as ‘To heal with the love of a mother,  Abam stated that the woman has as nature the ability to treat her children so dearly. Especially when they are sick, she strive to ensure that health is restored no matter what it takes, revealing that that was the exact function of the MWAN particularly as it affects the woman.
“Knowing the place of the woman in the home, community and nation at large, female medical doctors and particularly members of the MWAN are encouraged to treat their patients especially the women as a mother would treat her children. This will go a long way to helping us achieve what we clamour for.”
Abam who disclosed the roles of the MWAN to include working to promote the health of women, influencing government to implement policies that would positively affect the health of women among others recommended that the medical women/women doctors get involved in politics in order for their voices to be heard.
She said, “as a female medical doctor, you don’t just have to sit down there and talk and expect that it will be heard. Join politics. Get into policy making and influence policies that will affect the lives of women positively.
The secretary of the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, further stated that the MWAN in the state had been involved in various contributions to women’s health development, adding that it’s activities had been characterised by cancer awareness, Health promotion exercises and Medical School Health talks, revealing that this had earned the association a grant from Ford Foundation to implement Adolescent Friendly Health Services in Andoni Local Governemtn Area of the State with effect from this month.
Also, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker while declaring the occasion opened noted that the health of the woman is important for the smooth running of the home and society at large.
Represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary and another pioneer member of the MWAN, Dr Nnesochi Offor, Parker said ‘from statistics, more females enrolling into the medical school is a sign to show that the health of women and people of Nigeria will be greatly increased.I also commend MWAN for offering themselves as volunteers in the Isolation Centre in the fight against Ebola.”Earlier in her speech, the President-Elect of the Rivers State Branch of MWAN, Dr Rosemary Ogu outlined aims and objectives of the association to include providing opportunity for medical women to confer at regular intervals, discuss the health problems of the communities they serve and take collective action to alleviate and promote the well-being of the various communities as well as providng the forum for discusions and interchange of ideas with government, the public and international organizations on social and political problems that directly or indirectly affect the health of women and children in the country.
Ogu further called on other female medical doctors to join the MWAN in promoting the health of their fellow women in order for the economy to thrive.
As echoed by the MWAN in this weeklong celebration, it should be noted that the woman is the lifewire of the family and nation at large. It has therefore become imperative that the health of the woman become the priority of not only the female medical doctors, but husbands, children and the family at large, having in mind that this has a direct bearing on the health of the nation’s economy.

 

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Group photograph of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria  (MWAN) and Nigeria Assocaition of Women Journalists

Group photograph of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) and Nigeria Assocaition of Women Journalists

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60 -Year – Old Man Commits Suicide After Assaulting Daughter

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A sixty-year-old man (name withheld) has committed suicide after he was caught having sex with his biological daughter of 17 years old.
The incident occurred at Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
Report reaching The Tide, said the man denied when the news was making the rounds that he was having affair with his daughter for some years.
The Tide learnt that after his denial, the community set a close watch on him and set a surveillance on.
The cat was let out of the bag, when after about one week of his denial, he was caught on top of his daughter, having carnal knowledge of her.
According to the report, the members of his community descended on him and gave him thorough beating and stripped him naked and he was taken to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, where they performed certain rituals to appease the land.
Apparently worried about the stigma and scandal involved, he decided to commit suicide to avoid the embarrassment he might face from the community.
When the sad news reached the wife of the man who was already in the market, out of shame, she decided to abscond.
When contacted on phone, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro said that such report had not reached his table, adding that he would find out later. 

By: Joe Nwachukwu, Owerri

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men

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Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels of consumption. 
Researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify the rise in alcohol and mental health concerns among young women.
For nearly a century, women have been closing the gender gap in alcohol consumption, binge-drinking and alcohol use disorder. What was previously a 3-1 ratio for risky drinking habits in men versus women is closer to 1-to-1 globally, a 2016 analysis of several studies suggested.
And the latest U.S. data from 2019 shows that women in their teens and early 20s reported drinking and getting drunk at higher rates than their male peers in some cases for the first time since researchers began measuring such behavior.
This trend parallels the rise in mental health concerns among young women, and researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify both patterns.
“It’s not only that we’re seeing women drinking more, but that they’re really being affected by this physically and mental health-wise,” said Dawn Sugarman, a research psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts who has studied addiction in women.
Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels .
Perhaps most concerning is that the rising gender equality in alcohol use doesn’t extend to the recognition or treatment of alcohol disorders, Sugarman said. So even as some women drink more, they’re often less likely to get the help they need.
Although the gender gap in alcohol consumption is narrowing among all ages, the reasons differ. For people over 26, women are increasing their alcohol consumption faster than men. Among teens and young adults, however, there’s an overall decline in drinking. The decline is simply slower for women.
That may sound like progress, said Aaron White, a senior scientific adviser at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. But it may indicate larger underlying issues.
“We have a real concern that while there might be fewer people drinking, many of those who are drinking might be doing so specifically to try to cope,” White said. “And that is problematic.”
Research suggests that people who drink to cope as opposed to drinking for pleasure have a higher risk of developing alcohol-use disorder. And while every individual’s reasons for drinking are different, studies have found women are more likely to drink to cope than men.
From Kaiser Health.com.

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Woman Sells Two Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun

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A 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her two daughters, Semilore Agoro (four), and Deborah Agoro (two).
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp Divisional Police Headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
Oyeyemi said the husband reported that when he returned from travelling last Tuesday he couldn’t find his two daughters.
The PPRO said, “The man stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
“Upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide, detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who was in need of children. She sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are both assisting the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added that Ajogun directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.

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