Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Business Women Group (NAWORG), Ondo State branch on Tuesday organised a health fiesta for market women and men in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The group, which walked from the state Women Affairs Ministry to NEPA and converged on NEPA Neighbourhood Market, Akure, in commemoration of International Women’s Day, engaged market women and men, enlightening them on how to take their health seriously.
State Coordinator of NAWORG, Dr. (Mrs.) Funmilola Williams-Daudu, who addressed the women and members of NAWORG in that state, emphasised that they should not wait till the time they were sick before going to the hospital to do medical checkup from time to time.
According to Dr. Williams-Daudu, “Most of the market women will first go to the farm early in the morning to buy farm produce including vegetables, plantains, bananas, lettuce among others and bring them to the market to sell.
“They do this virtually everyday without considering their health. We are, therefore, here to enlighten them on the need to take their health seriously.
” We are doing screening for them on common chronic and deadly health issues that they hardly take cognisance of.
“We are testing them for diabetes, blood sugar, blood pressure and we give consumables to some of them who tested positive to some of the ailments.
We also made referral and educate them on the need to take their medications as recommended. They also need to rest.”
The NAWORG coordinator explained that the group seized the opportunity to get the contacts of the market women with a view to carrying them along in the activities of the group and exposing them to different business opportunities.
One of the beneficiaries of the healthcare programme, Mrs. Mercy Adanlawo said the screening availed her the opportunity to know her health status.
She said the group taught her not to wait till she’s sick before going to the hospital for medical checkup.
Another market woman, Mrs. Modupe Adams disclosed that the screening revealed that her blood pressure was high and was referred to the hospital.
Mr. Adeboye John, another beneficiary of the health programme, appreciated the organisers, saying it was long he went to the hospital last.
He said enlightenment programme was an eye-opener as he just realised the importance of regular medical checkup.
Dr. Williams-Daudu had earlier in the morning posted on social media inviting people to the healthcare programme.
This attracted large number of people, particularly women, to the programme which held for over six hours at the NEPA Neighborhood Market.
No fewer than 200 persons benefitted from the screening exercise and medication.