A non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Virtuous Women Tuesday Fellowship (VMTF), has called for improved awareness on women’s health, to alleviate their suffering.

Its National Coordinator, Mrs. Nancy Ogboi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Apapa, Lagos that there was not enough awareness and advocacy on women’s health.

She said most of them suffered in silence.

“There is need for us to be more deliberate on health issues around women and the need to be proactive about having a healthy nation by making sure our women are well taken care of.

“The health of women cannot be overemphasised, as they are the engine room of the family and their health is a determinant on the health of the nation.

“We need healthy people who will take care of our family; and that is our women. We demand greater attention to the advocacy on women’s health.

“The reason for improved advocacy is simple, early detection of diseases saves cost and allows people to follow up on their health issues,” Ogboi said.

The Assistant Coordinator, Mrs. Folashade Alli, urged the populace to do away with the myth that they would not spend their hard earned money on health care.

She said: “We need to tell our people more on the need for early detection of diseases and ailments.

“The news should be spread because people are having wrong notion about health check-ups.

“The myth that we will not spend our hard earned money on health issues is wrong. We need to be having regular check-ups to determine the state of our health.

“I think the major problem is poverty, which we seek to address. The poverty level in Nigeria is so alarming that many people resort to self-medication.

“Every home now has a doctor to itself, but this is not working.

“Check-up is necessary. Because poverty is striking people in the face does not mean we should fail to take care.”

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