By Uchechukwu Enem
The Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala during the Breast Cancer Week has promised to collaborate with Girls Lead Club initiated by Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI).
He made this state during a courtesy visit led by the Executive Director of WHAI, Nkechi Udegboka with other team members including the current Miss Nigeria, Beauty Etsanyi Tukura on 14th October 2020 at his office.
While welcoming the team, the Commissioner for Health said that the Ministry was working hard to educate young girls and women on the need to enhance their personal hygiene by proffering better ways to sensitize them on health education and personal development.
He added that the Breast Cancer Awareness was another opportunity the Ministry were using to reach out to women in the society. He said that the Ministry has a school health programme which was in the same vision with the Girls Lead Club.
He thanked the team for the Girls Lead Club Initiative; adding that it was important for women to know about their personal growth and development. In a special way, he thanked the WHAI's team for aligning to work with the girl child. He said that the WHAI's girls lead club was a noble project that would impact the society greatly.
"The Girls Lead Club is a good idea. If we raise a girl well, we raise a nation. This is why it is important for girls to understand their mental, emotional and physical well being" he added
In her remarks, the 43rd Miss Nigeria, Beauty Tukura said that the Girls Lead Club was a platform to get young girls involved and to make them educationally stable. She added that the club was aimed at grooming girls especially the vulnerable and establishing them so that they can teach others even without the physical presence of their mentors. The club was aimed at reaching the 36 States in Nigeria and pleaded for support and collaboration.
"It is our dream of reaching the 36 States in Nigeria with the core aim of targeting vulnerable girls because they do not understand basic essential things as a female child. There are basic things they should know and there is a lot of work to do in their personal development which does not exclude their health development" Miss Nigeria added.
The Executive Director, Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI), said that the team started working with people living with HIV/ AIDS in remote areas. She said that the observations and researches made in some remote communities in Anambra revealed that some young girls were dropping out of school and getting married; which was the driving force to the birth of the Girls Lead Club.
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