Thursday December 17, 2015: the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) retrains Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) in Ovia-North East Local Government Area of Edo State in its Ultra Modern Hall.
Speaking at the training, Dr Wilson Imongan, the Deputy Executive Director of Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) noted that, ‘‘women’s bodies have different needs and special care to be healthy but sometimes a woman might feel healthy, but actually have problems hence, women should go through process of regular medical examination’’. From Childhood, the girl-child is faced with sex selection, genital mutilation, discriminatory nutrition and health care while at adolescence, the girl-child is faced with early child bearing, unsafe abortion, STIs and AIDS, under nutrition, unplanned pregnancy, STIs and AIDS, unsafe abortion, pregnancy complications, malnutrition especially iron deficiency and women at the post reproductive age are faced with cardiovascular diseases, gynecological cancers, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes while the long term health problems are uterine fibroid, cancer, menopause, gender violence, depression and environmental health hazard.
Dr Uche Ezeaputa a Medical Officer at Dr. Abel Guobadia Specialist Hospital while speaking on the roles of Community Health Extension Workers in Counselling and Mobilising Women on Reproductive Health and Right urged Community Health Extension Workers to make ready for action (people, money, materials) mainly through good dissemination of information on creating increased awareness so that they can commit themselves in the success of health programmes as their major roles are clinic and community based responsibilities. Dr. Ezeaputa spelt out the roles of the CHEWs to include: bridge the gap between women and the health/social service system, bridge the gap between the health system and women, advocate for women’s needs, provide direct services by collaborating with medical professional, and advocacy for male inclusion in reproductive health programs and reproductive behaviours. She insisted that a healthy generation is largely a function of the mother’s health, nutritional status and access to health care wherein community health extension workers has major role especially when they are well trained, and have clear understanding of community dynamics.