Mrs Rachael Umahi, wife of Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, has drawn the attention of women to the increasing cases of Tuberculosis (TB) and other diseases in the country.
Mrs Umahi therefore advised women to take preventive measures to avert any possible outbreak of the disease.
She gave the advice on Wednesday during the launch of the 2019 Women August Convention at Ugbodo, Ebonyi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The programme with the theme: “Effect of Insecurity on Women and Children”, would be held at the three senatorial zones of the state, she explained.
Mrs Umahi said the theme was chosen also because of the increasing challenges of insecurity in the country.
She described TB as dangerous and highly infectious, and urged women to ensure the highest level of hygiene in their homes.
She also urged them to educate their families on ways of contracting the disease and prevention methods.
“I bring to you notice of increasing cases of tuberculosis and other health issues in the country.
“Avoid sharing drinking cups, multiple handshakes and other practices that would expose you to the disease.
“We have decided to include medical experts as resource persons to talk on health related matters in this 2019 August meeting. So take advantage of the event,” she said.
The governor’s wife further admonished mothers on taking their responsibilities as home makers serious in order to rid the society of social vices that were bedeviling the country.
She also urged community leaders, stakeholders and security agencies to sustain the synergy with government in the fight against violence and insecurity in the state.
“My husband David Umahi, is not resting as he puts in a lot of efforts in tackling insecurity in the state.
“As mothers, let us use the meeting to re-evaluate our roles in improving our individual families and making our society the best place to be,’’ Umahi said.
Chairperson of the occasion, Mrs Elizabeth Ogbaga and Council Chairman of Ebonyi LGA, Mrs Chinyere Nwogbaga, both assured the people that the sensitisation on insecurity would be carried out in all communities.
“Ebonyi-North women are committed we will ensure the sustainability of the life changing policies and programmes of your pet project, the Family Succor and Upliftment Foundation.
“Also we will make practical use of the summit by taking it to our villages,” Nwogbaga said.
Speaking at the event, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr Kenneth Ugbala, expressed optimism that educating women on security measures would help in curbing violence in the society.
“The event is timely especially this period that the country is facing insecurity problems. The summit will also expose women to security tips which will enable them handle situations,” Ugbala said.
On his part, the Commissioner for Infrastructural Development, Mr Fidelis Nweze, advised women to be security conscious.
Mr Kenneth Uhuo, Commissioner for Information and State Orientation expressed optimism that the programme would proffer workable solutions and practical ways of vigilance to curb violence.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the annual event featured empowerment of women with sewing machines and presentation of gifts including clothing materials and foodstuff. (NAN)
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