Kaduna holds women empowerment summit, flags off health camp
In order to better the lot of women in Kaduna State as well as improve upon healthcare and access to resources, the governor of Kaduna, Mallam Nasir El- Rufa’i and his wife Hadiza Isma El- Rufa’i held an empowerment summit during the week. The Kaduna Women Economic Empowerment Summit, in its second edition, had the theme, “Enabling Access & Participation: Linking Women to Resources”, and was held at Arewa House in Kaduna.
The event which drew the movers and shakers of the state focused on how to empower women so that they gain adequate financial independence as well as protecting the girl-child, whom is highly vulnerable and suspect to abuse.
The Honorable Commissioner, Kaduna State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Hafsat Mohammed Baba, stated that a healthy and empowered woman is the key to a prosperous future for the state and the society at large, which is why the state is working towards the agenda of gender and social inclusion policy to protect women and female children in the state with the support of the governor.
Partnering with the Kaduna State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development through its medical outreach project, the Power Oil Health Camp Project was on hand to provide free basic medical health check up for the indigenes. The collaboration was officially flagged off by Power Oil Health Team which is already active in 13 locations across the country, offering free basic medical health check up to communities in the area of BMI check, Blood pressure, free medical consultation and would be moving from one local government to the other in Kaduna together with a team of medical experts deployed by the Kaduna State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to conduct HIV & Malaria tests.
Commenting on the partnership, Amisha Chawla, Brand Manager, Power Oil said it meant a lot to the brand, as the long term plan is to cover the entire nation, especially the rural areas, promoting good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle amongst Nigerians.
The Honourable commissioner would join the team for mobilisation and to encourage women to take advantage of the opportunity of the free health checks so as to guard against avoidable diseases like hypertension and other heart related issues.
The Power Oil health camp is also in partnership with the Ogun State Ministry of Health and the State’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation as well as Edo Women for Agriculture.