The 2019 W Health Walk was an advocacy walk planned as a grand finale for the W Health Month Campaign which was aimed at improving community awareness on health issues that affect women and their families by bridging knowledge gap, providing access to health checks and encouraging healthy lifestyle habits.
Slated to run all through the month of October, the W Health Month focused on key areas affecting women such as infertility, endometriosis, vesicovaginal fistula (VVF), cancer, maternal and neo-natal mortality.
Speaking on the campaign, Victor Etuokwu, the Executive Director Retail Banking, Access Bank Plc, said: “Globally, the month of October is dedicated to raising awareness for Breast Cancer, a major health issue affecting mainly women however, as an Institution with focus on women, we are expanding the scope to shine the spotlight on 5 salient health issues affecting women and their families. The 2017 African Research and Population Centers, estimated 40,000 maternal deaths in Nigeria, making the country the second largest contributor to maternal mortality worldwide. There is need for us to change the story one woman at a time and we at Access Bank have been moving the needle in our own way through our flagship product, the Maternal Health Service Support (MHSS).
Activities planned during the period include free health screening, health talk by specialists, fitness classes, fund raising to support these causes etc. The Health Month will wrap up with an advocacy walk tagged “Walk for Women’s Health on October 26th, 2019” he added.
Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen; Access Bank’s Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe, popular R and B singer, Waje were among the dignitaries that participated in the maiden edition of Access Bank’s ‘Walk for Women’s Health’.
The 8.7km walk sponsored by Access Bank showcased the financial institution’s commitment to the complete well-being of women serving as the climax of the bank’s yearly commemorated Women’s Health Month.
Following the conclusion of the walk, participants were treated to health sessions and consultation with doctors and specialists from partnering medical institutions.
Access Bank has been recognized by various prestigious local and international bodies for its efforts in facilitating enterprise and good health among women.