I would like to congratulate George George for taking on the
challenge in promoting men’s health issues and speaking publicly about
something that is very real and all men should take notice.
I understand he and others tried a couple of years ago to
get this off the ground, but it’s been like, ‘oh I’m ok’, or akama comes into
play, so it does take a wee while for these sorts of health issues to be taken
It took the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation many years
of hard work to break down the barriers that existed in talking about women’s
health issues, breast cancer being the main one. It took another couple of
years of lobbying to get the annual mammography screening programme in place,
thank you Ministry of Health. We persevered and are proud to be where we are
Women are now being breast smart along with asking questions
about other women’s health issues and we are there with commitment to the
cause, the unpaid hours etc, but you must continue to promote and having
awareness programmes is the key to anything being successful, so be prepared
for the long haul.
As the saying goes “early detection is your best weapon and
can save your life” is so true and that applies to men’s health as well.
Wishing all the very best with your men’s health campaign
for November and in the future.
Good things come from publicly highlighting health issues of