Scores of women in the Slipway Community underwent free medical tests Friday, 8 March in an exercise organized by the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) in collaboration with the Indian Community in Liberia.
The event held at the Slipway Field in Monrovia was in observance of the International Women’s Day.
Scores of young and elderly women residing in Slipway were tested by Red Cross staff and female Indian health practitioners to know their blood pressure and sugar levels to be advised for medical attention where necessary.
Each of the women that were tested were subsequently given sanitary pads by the group.
During the exercise, Red Cross Secretary General Madam Saybah Tamba told the participants that all Red Cross and the Indians are doing is to let the women know how much they care about their health.
She encourages the women to continuously check their pressure and sugar levels because these are dangerous conditions.
Madam Tamba admonishes the women to also take their health seriously, pleading with them to kindly cooperate with the health practitioners.
For her part, Montserrado County Health Team Focal Person Madam Precious T. George expresses appreciation to the Indian Community and the Red Cross for the collaboration, saying it is not the first time for the Red Cross to buttress the county health team’s effort.
She also encourages women here to always go to health facilities to do their checks so that they do not sit home and die of curable illnesses.
Madam George further calls on the Red Cross and the Indian Community to extend the exercise to other districts in Montserrado County.
Also speaking, the president for the Association of Indian Community in Liberia Mr. Rohiet Suji expresses appreciation for women’s contributions in making the society work, adding that they are unstoppable whether it is in engineering, medicine, media, defense, sports, finance, technology and arts.
Mr. Suji argues that it is difficult to find a field where women have not set their foothold.
He expresses appreciation for the Liberian Red Cross management and volunteers for their hard work for the society and mankind, and also appreciates the Indian Community’s women wing that collaborated with the Red Cross for the program.
On behalf of the participants, community leaders thanked the Red Cross and the Indian Community for their service to the women.
By Winston W. Parley