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Arise women charges Nigerians on regular physical exercises

By Paul Adunwoke
17 October 2021   |   3:48 am
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...

[FILE] Founder/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Arise Women, non-governmental organization (NGO), Dr. Siju Iluyomade, (right) Arise Women Executive, Mrs. Doyin Arueyingho, 2021 Arise Chairperson, Mrs. Lolade Wakama, during Arise press conference to announce its road walk show meant to hold in different locations in Lagos coming up on October 16t and 30t 2021 held in Lekki, Lagos, titled ‘I chose life.

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.