Heritage Bank PLC and Prinsult Global Consulting Limited have joined forces to train women on how to balance the challenges posed by their health condition and efforts towards wealth creation.
The duo, on Thursday, empowered no fewer than 150 women through a seminar held in Ikeja, which had as its theme: ‘Building Your Health and Wealth as a Woman’.
Speaking at the occasion, Mrs Betty Eriyo, Cluster Head, Lagos Mainland 1, Heritage Bank, said her management believed that health is wealth. She said at Heritage Bank, we believe in creating, preserving and transferring wealth; adding that this maxim has always been their guide in Heritage Bank in their operations.
Eriyo advised participants to always ensure that what we (adults) went through during our childhood the younger generations do not go through them.
In view of this, she explained, Heritage Bank has usually supported several institutions that could make life more meaningful to the people by making funds available for seamless services.
According to her, based on our belief that health is wealth, we have equipped several hospitals in Nigeria with the requisite funds needed for technologies and other facilities necessary for effective medical services.
She, therefore, advised participants: “Do not neglect your health; exercise more; know your body type; eat well and eat right, because timeless wealth is timeless health”.
Dr. (Mrs.) Dorothy Jeff-Nnamani, Chief Executive Officer, Novo Health Africa in her keynote address delivered at the event, acknowledged that the ability of participants to perform was solely tied to their physical vitality. She explained that women have unique health condition compared to men.
She stated that menstruation and menopause are no diseases and are peculiar to only women. “Even those health issues shared with men normally affect women differently. STD can be more dangerous to women than men. Women are more likely to have more urinary tract problems”, she stated. As a result of this, Dr. (Mrs.) Jeff-Nnamani said women health issues now attract international attention.
She, therefore, advised participants to exercise more because it increases energy, enhances self-efficacy and enhances physical performance. Other remedies she prescribed are: women should eat well and eat right; reduce stress as chronic stress is dangerous to health; read books and other literature to build their mental health; interact socially and do regular medical check-ups.
In her welcome remarks earlier, Mrs Raliat Oyetunde, convener of the occasion; charged participants to pay rapt attention to the issues raised during the seminar. She said doing that would complement the motive behind the gathering.
According to her, women play a vital role in the process of nation building anywhere in the world. She said their responsibilities in different homes and in the corporate world could not be underemphasized. Meanwhile, she stated there is need to balance the stress required by their corporate responsibility and their health condition.
She expressed optimism that at the end of the one-day event their orientation would have changed considerably as a result of the lessons they would have learnt.