UNIVERSITY OF JOS, JOS NIGERIA
(OFFICE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR)
INFORMATION, PUBLICATIONS, PUBLIC RELATIONS & PROTOCOL DIVISION
UNIJOS WOMEN ASSOCIATION UNDERTAKES MEDICAL OUTREACH
President of the University of Jos Women Association, Barr. (Mrs.) Sharon Tanko Ishaya has advocated the need for women to undergo regular medical check-up while describing them as home makers who take care of future generations.
Mrs. Ishaya who is also Wife of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, stated this during the opening of a Medical Outreach organized by the Association at the University’s Health Services Clinic, Naraguta Campus Permanent Site.
According to the Association’s President, women are care givers of families but most times tend to neglect themselves while caring about other members of their families. According to her, women must accord themselves proper attention to curtail the health challenges they go through, otherwise they would not be in good position to cater for their loved ones.
While maintaining that women must be conscious of themselves without necessarily being selfish as they look out for their loved ones, Mrs. Ishaya said some of the notable health challenges faced by women such as Cancer are as a result of negligence of their basic health needs. She explained that the Unijos Women Association was concerned about this situation which is why the Association decided to reach out to women in the University through the awareness campaign.
Speaking at the event, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Tanko Ishaya, lauded the women for the initiative and urged them to sustain the programme and also reach out to the University’s immediate Community and beyond.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the outreach is the first of its kind in the University and expressed the University’s readiness to partner the women in order to reach out to the wider community since one of the core values of any University is Community Service.
Also speaking, Director, University of Jos Health Services, Dr Benedict Mairiga, said the University Clinic has devised ways to synergize with the Women Association on how to extend its services to the general public beyond the University environment.
Dr Mairiga appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tanko Ishaya for approving the digitization of some operations in the University Health Services towards ensuring that the services provided are efficient and customer-friendly.
The Medical Outreach featured Lectures on “Family Life Cycle: The Role of a Mother” by Dr Adama Salam and “Cancer Signs Prevention” by Dr. Sakyen Dana which highlighted the roles of women in maintaining healthy life style of members of their family and the challenges and issues associated with Breast and Cervical Cancers in women as they proffered useful prevention measures to the women.
Highpoint of the event was screening tests conducted by the Doctors and other Health Practitioners to observe such issues as Blood Pressure, Sugar Level, Eyesight Examination among others for the attendees.
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