Organisation sensitises girl-child about health, personal development

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Gynix Afrika, an organisation committed to improving women’s health, has sensitised 100 girls in Osun about critical health issues, fitness, general well-being, technology and personal development. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gynix Afrika, Dr Godwin Oyewumi, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday in Lagos. He said that the organisation would carry out more programmes to improve the health and general well-being of the girl-child.

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According to Oyewumi, the aim is to engender emotional, mental and physical health among  female adolescents, thereby effectively shaping their adulthood.

“The event tagged “Unafraid; Own it, Live it” at the Gynix Afrika maiden adolescent health outreach edition at Ijebu-Ijesha, Oriade LGA, Osun State, provided an inclusive avenue for participants to feel acknowledged and safe. “We, recognising the valid pressures, uncertainties and travails of adolescence, will continue to drive initiatives that address these challenges and better prepare them for adulthood,” he said.

He said that the outreach featured training and interactive sessions on  menstrual hygiene and menstrual disorder, physical and mental health, sexual health,  teenage pregnancy and self management tools.

The Director of Operations at Gynix Afrika, Mrs Adesola Akanni, at the event, advised the girls not to be restricted by challenges associated with adolescence but determine to set goals and pursue integrity and excellence. Ms. Kofoworola Toriola, a furniture maker and fitness coach, in a session entitled, ‘My body and I’,  advised the teenagers to engage in physical exercise and eat healthy diets, according to Oyewumi.

Oyewumi added that Toriola described knowledge and determination as important for success in every field,  including male-dominated ones. He said that Ms Prisca Onuegbu, Communication Head at Cece Yara Foundation, described communication as critical for adolescents to tackle cases of sexual and gender-based violence.

“We are ready to support girls, who have been abused, by facilitating access to psycho-social, legal and medical support through the Cece Yara child toll-free  helpline 08008008001,” Oyewumi quoted Onuegbu as saying.

Gynix Afrika seeks to empower African women through innovative health solutions, including health education, health screenings  and access to quality healthcare services.



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