Giving women the opportunity to learn about women’s health issues and know their status is something that all hospitals should do.
Participant at the International Women’s Day health awareness talk hosted by the Paradise Private Hospital, Pauline Karahure, said this when asked why she was part of this program.
“This is one event that should be promoted more because there are women who do not really give attention to themselves, and health issues are a big area where women need to understand their body and what factors contribute towards illnesses.
“Today is International Women’s Day and I think this private hospital has given a good opportunity to women to learn about cancer, as it is one of the deadliest disease to women and is common.
“Many women do not know until it reaches the end stages of the cancer,” she said.
She said prevention is better than cure, and if everybody can have the mentality to check themselves up, take prevention measures and make it a habit to do that regularly, this could prevent health conditions and improve their status in the communities.
“How I came to learn about this women’s health awareness talk was from a friend who showed me a poster via email.
“I am almost 50 years old, and I didn’t know much about cancer. And it is an area that I am beginning to think a lot about so I thought this was a good opportunity to come along and hear and learn more and impart that knowledge through my job,” she said.
Ms Karahure is a counselor by profession at the University of PNG and is a lecturer in the Social Work strand.
As someone who deals with health issues and looking back as a person who was working in the health sector many years back, she said it is important to give back to women more information.
“Today, women have lots of challenges like maintaining a relationship, which is a big issue for women as learnt from my counseling sessions with couples.
“Women also need to learn about themselves and the issues around them, and health is a big area that they need to know and keep themselves abreast with what is happening and the trends so they can be aware.
“Women must do things to keep themselves happy, healthy, fit and maintain their relationships, friendships and their family at large, because women are more powerful when they are educated and they know what to do and what they want in life,” she said.