Males encouraged to exhibit better health-seeking behaviors
129 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Males encouraged to exhibit better health-seeking behaviors by: – April 26, 2018 (Photo credit: Concanon)The Health Promotion Resource Centre is encouraging males to be better health seekers by taking advantage of opportunities for health screenings and check-ups as part of its Health Awareness Campaign.The Health Promotion Resource Centre of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, commenced this campaign to raise awareness on non-communicable diseases, (NCDs) post Hurricane Maria targeting public officers.Non-communicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors, as per the World Health Organization (WHO).According to the WHO, the main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma), and diabetes.Adora LeBlanc Toussaint of the Health Promotion Resource Centre told Vibes news on Wednesday 25 April 2018 that research has shown that women have better health-seeking behaviors than men.“Women will walk into a health facility; walk into a Health Center just to have their blood pressure checked, just to have their sugar checked,” Mrs. Toussaint informed.Males, on the other hand, “would have to be seeing death in their eyes”, to seek medical attention.According to Mrs. Toussaint, men don’t just walk in for check-ups, “sometimes their wives have to be at them – ‘why don’t you have a yearly check-up, why don’t you check your blood pressure?’”.Because of this, there is always more health statistics available when it pertains to women, than men.Statistics from the WHO indicates that each year, 15 million people die from a NCD and over 80% of these premature deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. The age group affected is between 30 and 69 years.“Now the stats will show we have more men dying from prostate cancer than breast cancer and why, because women continue to do the screening programs that are in place,” Mrs. Toussaint informed. Although there are more women with cancer here, statistics reveal that “more men are dying from prostate cancer” because “women are at the health centers having their breasts examined, doing their self-breast examination, having their mammograms”.“So it’s like because women have that health seeking behavior you have more statistics to show you women’s health than those showing men’s health and for us in Dominica it’s just the same,” Mrs. Toussaint explained.NCDs disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries where more than three quarters of global NCD deaths, that is 31 million, occur.Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, or 17.7 million people annually, followed by cancers 8.8 million, respiratory diseases 3.9million, and diabetes 1.6 million.Mrs. Toussaint further explained that sometimes during doctor’s clinic at the health centers, if twenty-five (25) persons are to be seen by doctor, out of that number, twenty (20) may be women and just five (5) men.“So at that time you will more be able to give the stats, the figures for women as to how many of them blood pressures are elevated, as compared to the men,” she said. “So while we’re doing this program, and we’re looking at prevention and strategies, we want them [males] to use the health facilities that are available within their district, within their reach,” Mrs. Toussaint indicated.