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Group trains women police officers on sexual reproductive health, others

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Prime Diamond Initiative for Community Health (PDICH) in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, FCT command and Project Pink Blue (PPB) has trained 61 women police officers from different divisions on sexual reproductive health rights, breast and cervical cancer prevention, menstrual hygiene education and gender-based violence.

The training was in commemoration of the just-concluded International Women’s Day with the theme: ‘Women’s Health is Everyone’s Health’.

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Executive Director of PDICH, Chinasa Onukegbe, said training became necessary to educate the officers to understand how their body functions and what they should do when they need help.

Chinasa explained that the women police were drawn from different divisions of the Nigeria Police Force so that they can also train other women police in their communities.

“We are training them so that they can train others in other communities and I am impressed with the turnout,” she said.

She further explained that the group intends to extend the training to other paramilitary organisations, adding that a lot of women in police go through mental health but don’t know how to address the issue.

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On his part, the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Bala Ciroma, while responding to the gesture, lauded PDICH for the initiative, stating that women police officers by population were significant to the country.

He said the women are a very important segment that should be taken care of and urged the participants to make good use of the training.

He also urged PDICH to make the training a continuous process to improve the health status of women police.

Also, a gynecologist, Dr. Aisha Ahmed expressed concerns that a lot has been said about cancer but not much has been said about cervical cancer.

She said a lot of women are not aware of the Pap smear test, adding that cervical cancer if early detected can be treated.

She said Nigeria has a long way to go in raising awareness about the dreaded diseases that are most common among women.

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