Emmanuel Kehinde, ilorin
The Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Kwara Chapter on has sensitized the deaf community on the need to care for the environment to promote health of the society.
The program was part of the activities organised by MWAN, in collaboration with the Association of Sign Language Interpreters in Nigeria (ASLIN), Kwara chapter to celebrate the World Health Day, at Kwara School for the Special Needs.
Speaking at the event, Dr Oluwayemisi Adegboye, Care Coordinator/Case Manager, Kwara State Health Insurance Agency said the need to sensitize everybody on the health and the planet becomes critical.
She observed that the planet earth is sick and this automatically means our health is in danger.
“Something should be done instead of keeping quiet. We decided as medical women association to go out and create awareness.
“You don’t have to be in government to do something about it. Those little ways that can be sometimes help; what to cook, eat, energy consumption. These little ways go a long way in helping planet earth,” she said.
Adegboye emphasised on the need to plant trees, adding that people must learn the importance of trees as the absorb Co2 and breathes out oxygen needed by humans.
She pointed out that all the parts of trees are very important for humans, animals and the planet as a whole.
Also speaking, Mr Julius Olaolu, of the Centre for Supportive Services for the Deaf, University of Ilorin commended the medical women for such laudable program.
He observed that often times the deaf communities don’t get such information, adding that the issue of health and environment concerns everyone.
“I want to encourage the organisers to always generalize their programs, instead of localising to those who can hear, because there are many hearing impaired in the society,” he said.
Dr Bilqis Muhammad-Alatishe, President of Kwara-MWAN, asserts that the deaf community are often times. Especially neglected in the society due to their hearing impairment.
She explained that the association felt these people are part of the society and must be carried along in whatever happening in the world”.
Muhammad-Alatishe appeal to the society to always factor these people with special needs in their activities.