Medical Practitioners Provide Free Medical Treatment to IDPs, Widows, Others
As part of the ceremony marking World International Women’s Day, medical practitioners Wednesday offered free medical diagnosis, treatment to hundreds of IDPs, Widows and Ghetto women in Kaduna. They also donated 50 Mosquito Nets to them.
The medical practitioners noted that, “Millions of Nigerian women had today joined the rest of the world in celebrating world International Women’s Day – the day set aside by the United Nations to reflect on progress made by women; to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”
They added that, “This year, celebration is to carry every women along, in order to reduce the problems of gender equality all over the world and also to overcome the greatest challenges of eliminating all harmful practices such as child abuse, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.”
“The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.”
Speaking, Hajiya Maryam Abubakar, who is the Director of school of women – Hood School Health Science and Technology, Kaduna, said the reason for inviting hundreds of refugee women and their children is for medical diagnosis and treatment to help them diagnose some of the health challenges confronting them and also to donate mosquito nets to over 50 of them to save their children against all forms of malaria fever attacks and other diseases related to hot weather and environment.
“Through the tests that were conducted to some of the refugees, we have discovered that so many among them have blood pressure and malaria fever with malnutrition challenges, which is becoming a big threat to their lives,” she said.
She also said that the issues that were discussed bothered on tackling modern slavery, which had forced hundreds of women to get involved in hard labour without good reward, as well as child trafficking and increased forced marriage in rural areas – a situation that is capable of encouraging young girls to become commercial sex workers; they move from rural areas to urban cities spreading HIV/Aids and other sexually-transmitted diseases.
Hajiya Maryam said, “Today, being a special women’s day, we deem it fit as medical practitioners to give free medical treatment and services to women refugees, widows and also most of the women living in the ghetto, in order to show them care, love and concern,” adding that most of the women were too poor to have access to medical assistance for any treatment bothering them, and as such, many of them stayed at home with their sickness due to poverty.
Hajiya Maryam Abubakar said the idea behind 2030 agenda, going by United Nation’s notions are that, by 2030, it is to ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
“Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child abuse, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation,” she maintained.
Responding on behalf of the team of refugees, Hajiya Aisha Gamborin Galla, who is one of the leaders of the team of the refugee women that have been suffering with eye problems, headache and other body pains, expressed happiness over the assistance given to them.