The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and a few experts have tasked the government with enhancing women’s access to healthcare and wellness services for improved societal and economic outcomes.
The announcement was in Lagos at the 8th annual conference of the LCCI Women Group, which had the subject “Our Health, Our Wealth.”
They also called for the provision of health centres with access not farther than 10 kilometers for improved emotional, mental and physical wellbeing of women in the country.
Dr Michael Olawale-Cole, President, LCCI, said that the theme was apt in today’s world where women faced more health risks due to wearisome activities.
He stated that these activities include providing for the family, especially in light of the current inflationary conditions.
The LCCI’s Deputy Treasurer, Mrs. Tola Ggogboade, acted as Olawale-representative. Cole’s
The LCCI President claimed that the Nigerian woman had overcome strange difficulties on the professional and domestic fronts by persevering and being tenacious in their fight for survival.
He described women as change agents in the drive for diversification and inclusive growth in Nigeria.
He urged the government at all levels to allocate more funds to healthcare delivery and other components of the human development index.
Mrs Oluwatoyin Idowu, Chairperson, Women Group, LCCI, said the theme of the conference was a charge to everyone with a sense of responsibility.
“The attention we give to our health is proportional to our overall wellbeing and our achievements or attainments in life,” she said.
Idowu noted the importance of health to a prosperous life was underscored by the Millennium Development Goals, with three of the eight goals focusing primarily on health.
She reiterated that a healthy life was not just being free from sicknesses and diseases, but demanded focus on physical, emotional, social, spiritual and even intellectual well-being for a productive, meaningful, successful and fulfilling life.
“In the same way, neglect of any of these will certainly lead to inefficiency and poor performance and their multiplier effects, ultimately leading to sorrow and regrets of all sorts,” she said.
She also appealed to the federal and state governments to focus more on how healthcare services could be brought within the reach of every Nigerian regardless of where they reside – even in the remotest villages.
“If we all agree that our health is our wealth, everything possible should be done to ensure that in the least health centers are not farther than 10 kilometers to where people reside in every community.
“Besides, basic necessities of life, like water, electricity and good roads should not be lacking in a country as endowed as ours, because of their significance to peoples’ health and wellbeing.
“All of these can be provided with appropriate commitment and collaboration,” she said.
Dr Modupe Elebute – Odunsi, Founder, Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre and Specialist Hospital, said to achieve and maintain good health, prompt access to good healthcare and lifestyle changes including a proper diet, exercise regime must be in place.
She noted that limiting alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy body weight, getting enough sleep and financial and life coaches were determinants of a healthy lifestyle post COVID-19.
“If the woman is not healthy, the wealth of the family declines. This is why it is very critical to address women and general family wellness,” she said.