Mrs Fatima Obanikoro, Wife of Rep. Ibrahim Obanikoro, ( APC – Eti-Osa, Lagos State) on Tuesday said that women were yet to get adequate attention in the nation.
Obanikoro, the Founder of FIBOCARES Foundation, disclosed this while empowering and reaching out to about 500 women on healthcare at Eti-Osa and environs in Lagos.
The event was tagged: “Women’s Wellness, Mental Health and HIV Awareness at Iru Victoria Island Local Council Development Area.
The event featured free medical check up, eye check up, free distribution of vitamin supplements, food stuff and seasonings.
Obanikoro said: “To be honest, I am a woman and obviously, I feel like women are not really being given the required attention.
“In the position that I am in, I feel it is a good opportunity for me to reach out to these women. This is an avenue for them to be happy.
“Every year we pick a topic and then reach out to women in Eti-Osa. In 2021, we had an empowerment to help women in the area of vocational training.
“This year, what we are doing is mental health awareness, HIV awareness and also women general health and well being,” she said.
According to her, several women have been empowered and trained by the foundation in the previous editions.
She said the 2021 vocational training saw her mobilising hair dressers, caterers, hair stylists, maker up artists and fashion designers to train women while start- up capital and tools were also given to them.
Obanikoro said she was happy the beneficiaries were still in the right paths, and were still fully engaged with the skills to put food on their tables.
“I realise that a lot of women do not really give or put in efforts in taking care of themselves. I just felt I should bridge the gap.
“This is a medium for me to get across to them and at least give back to them and do something for my community,” she added.
Obanikoro lamented that she lost a friend about four weeks ago to mental health illness, which necessitated the foundation’s inclusion of awareness on mental health.
She added that there were also a lot of HIV issues in the state, especially in Eti-Osa area, adding, that “the report says the number of HIV has really gone high in Eti-Osa.
“So, I really want to create awareness for people because a lot of the people do not have opportunity and financial bouyancy to care for themselves. We have about 500 beneficiaries here,” she said.
On sustainability, the founder said that she had been speaking with her husband to come up with a bill on women health awareness.
She added that her relationship with the Lagos State Government would in the future, bring in the government to be part of the women health.
Obanikoro said that her collaboration with Ever Care Hospital and others had yielded a lot of fruits in the area of free health check, eye test and provision of vitamins.
In her goodwill message, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat, Wife of the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, commended the organiser for efforts to further strengthen the health of women.
Hamzat described the event as being inspiring and beneficial, saying it would herald qualitative healthcare packages for women and other people within the community.
“I am indeed delighted that this programme is designed to reinforce inclusion and accessibility of our women in broad range of health care services available for their benefits in the public and private healthcare facilities.
“Healthcare opportunities such as this will help in no small measure in achieving the universal health coverage and in reducing mental health issues, HIV/Aids pandemic and other myriad of health challenges in our society.
“We must all continue to promote initiatives that will give our women and children rights to full and adequate medical care, especially where social, cultural restrictions or discrimination may hinder access to such medical services,” Hamzat said.
According to her, all hands must be on deck as people cannot leave it all for government to do.
“We have to continuously contribute our own quota to the growth and development of our nation by coming up with initiatives that will be of benefit to all.
“Health is wealth to the individual and the society . A person can live without amassing wealth but cannot be comfortable without good health.
“Health is something we cannot buy with money but we can take care of it with timely health interventions such as this,” she said.
Hamzat urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the gesture, saying, ” It is very important for us to have regular check on both physical and mental health.
Some of the beneficiaries, Mrs Blessing Osuji, Mrs Sherifat Mudashiru and Mrs Iyabo Oshifisan among others, commended Obanikoro for the gesture, urging her not to relent.
NAN reports that the founder engaged medical personnel and other resource persons to create health awareness.