IWD: MWAN advocates for abolition of female genital mutilation, as medical outreach hits Rivers community


…As NAWOJ, FIDA played their support

The Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) Rivers State branch, in commemoration of the International Women’s Day, 2020, took a medical outreach to Aminigboko, Emughan Clan of Abua/Odual LGA of Rivers State.

The community was delighted to welcome the medical women and commended them for remembering them especially their health needs. The people decried the fact that there is no functional health facility where they can access healthcare and mostly have to go to chemists for their health problems or travel to Central Abua if it becomes too serious.

The only maternity at Aminiowere caters to pregnancy and birth needs, however, many women deliver at home by Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) without access to skilled birth attendants.

The medical outreach team reached 220 persons with about 90 per cent female attendants accessing free consultation, testing for weight, height, blood pressure, blood glucose, HIV and malaria with Rapid diagnostic kits. Free drugs were dispensed for malaria, helminthiasis, hypertension etc.

The MWAN, in collaboration with International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Rivers State branch and the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) were in Abua on Friday, 13th March to talk on the benefits of educating the girl-child, abolition of harmful traditional practices especially FGM, the legal and health implications of FGM and other forms of violence against women & children and the need for available laws to be enforced.

  The President of MWAN Rivers State branch, Dr Vetty Agala, who is a daughter of the clan promised to come back with her team for advocacy to community leaders and larger health outreach to the clan. She thanked the community leadership for their huge support, the comportment and peaceful disposition of the people throughout the outreach which was very successful.

She said medical women are committed to improving access to healthcare for all Rivers Women as medical outreaches are taken to the rural areas.

Some of the participants commended the organisation for the outreach especially one of their daughter, the state president of MWAN, Dr Vetty Agala, for given back to her community.