Arise women charges Nigerians on regular physical exercises
Arise Women, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has charged Nigerians to engage in regular physical exercise so as to minimise the risks of heart attack, manage weight better; lower blood cholesterol, blood pressure, risk of type 2 diabetes and some types of cancers, among others.
The Founder/Convener of Arise Women, Dr. Siju Iluyomade, gave the charge during a road walk organised by the group titled, “I chose life,” held in Lagos. She said physical exercise would greatly help Nigerians, especially in this era of COVID-19 pandemic.
The group is planning another road walk on October 30 2021, to create awareness about the health and wellbeing of women and the girl-child.
Iluyomade informed that the NGO, which started 13 years ago, on December 16, 2013, launched its mobile clinics that takes primary healthcare to remote communities with volunteer doctors, pharmacists, lab technicians and nurses featuring prominently.
The founder who said: “We have taken healthcare to the doorsteps of some communities, which include Ebute-Metta, Makoko, Lagos Island, Surulere, Iwaya, Apapa, Yaba, Itedo village in Lekki, Queens College Lagos, Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, Festac/Amuwo Odofin and Masha/Kilo communities,” added that in the process, the mobile clinics have carried out free consultations for diabetes, hypertension, HIV, sickle cell anaemia and cervical cancer screening.
Apart from a bi-monthly free outpatient clinic, which holds at the Healing Stripes Hospital Victoria Island, Lagos that 45, 577 women/children have so far benefitted from, she added, “we have sponsored surgical repair for 10 women who developed Vesico-vagina fistula (VVF) at a medical facility called Mercy Ships, an international charity.
Meanwhile, the group also held a road walk yesterday. Participants that started from different locations as early as 7 am, trekked to the Redeem Christian Church of God (City Of David Parish), Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, where Iluyomade thanked them for participating in the exercise to improve their health.