The Ghanaian Muslima Group, in partnership with the Muslimah Mentorship Network has organised a health workshop and a free medical screening, including breast examination for its members and other women in Accra, last Saturday.
Themed: ‘Good Health, Positive Mind, and a Better Life’, the event which also featured a session on women empowerment, seeks to raise awareness on the importance of periodic medical screenings on women’s health.
It also served as an avenue to give women the opportunity to have free breast screening in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed globally in the month of October.
Participants were also screened for Hepatitis, blood pressure, and glucose level.
In his address at the event, Dr. Bernard T. Dornoo, a renowned medical practitioner lamented the rate at which women especially, are being infected with diseases in the country.
A major cause of the situation, he stated, is as a result of negligence of both women and men not going through medical screenings before marriage.
He cautioned women to as a matter of priority, insist on medical examination for themselves and their potential spouses before going ahead with marriage to prevent certain future misfortunes.
“When two people meet, you do not know what each of you carries, and then because you trust each other, you get married without checking and begin having unprotected sex, and that is how come people end up in marriage with one person being HIV positive without the other knowing.
Supposed testing had been done before marriage, the woman for example would have known that the man was positive and the woman would have advised herself, or even if she decides to go ahead with the marriage, they will do it the context of protecting themselves so that the woman does not get infected”, Dr. Dornoo added.
In her welcome address, Hasia Ahmed, President of GMG, and a Medical Lab Scientist, also recounted a number of cases that put women at risk of certain diseases as a result of lack of periodic check-ups. This, she noted, motivated the group to come up with the event.
President of the Muslimah Mentorship Network, partner for the event, Bilkis Nuhu Kokroko who delivered a speech on women empowerment, took participants through the many ways by which women could be empowered and the benefits that it brings to the women themselves and the society as a whole.
Members were also schooled on depression and mental health.