Historical past was created on Tuesday with the opening of a well being and wellness facility devoted solely to males. Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles, citing the proliferation of points that have an effect on males’s well being each day, stated boys and males will lastly be getting the required help they want.
The Males’s Well being and Wellness Clinic Blue Room, on the web site of the outdated Scarborough Hospital, Fort King George, Scarborough, is an initiative of the Division of Well being, Wellness and Household Improvement, Tobago Regional Well being Authority (TRHA), Nationwide Union of Authorities and Federated Employees and BMEN Organisation.
The commissioning of the clinic, which coincided with the Worldwide Males’s Day observance, got here six months after the institution of the Ladies’s Well being Service/Pink Room and Breast Well being Clinic at Louis D’Or, East Tobago.
The Pink Room seeks to enhance the standard of life for girls on the island by way of prevention, public consciousness and management methods associated to breast most cancers and different girls’s-health points.
In delivering the function handle on the opening of the lads’s clinic, Charles stated the power won’t solely handle prostate most cancers and life illnesses, like hypertension and diabetes, but additionally psychological, emotional and psychological points.
“, right now, with the stresses of life, our psychological well being is essential and we should take note of it,” he stated.
“In order that whilst we speak in regards to the statistics for prostate most cancers for instance, how alarming it’s, and the statistics that time to hypertension of hypertension and the way alarming it’s, we even have to concentrate to our psychological and emotional well-being.”
Charles stated there may be want for males to handle their work and household lives in such a manner as to keep up their psychological well being and steadiness.
Reflecting on the theme of this yr’s Worldwide Males’s Day observance, Making A Distinction For Males and Boys, Charles stated there should even be a dedication to vary the established order.
“It’s about us making sensible enchancment within the lives that our boys and males will lead, in essence, doing what we’re doing right here this morning.”
He added: “This work is about making a distinction in order that we might be completely different.”
Charles additionally urged males to problem a few of what he known as the “limiting stereotypes” hooked up to conventional male/feminine roles.
“The world is altering and simply as how we speak partnership, profitable marriages or relationships right now are facilitated by a sharing of roles and obligations between man and lady.”
He added males should additionally equip themselves with the information of the expressions and behaviours which can be poisonous and disassociate themselves from such attitudes.
“We now have to proceed to offer optimistic function fashions and mentors who’re accessible and might lend actual steerage and help.”
Charles stated whereas “commemorative days (similar to Worldwide Males’s Day) will at all times mark our calendars,” there may be pressing want to maneuver past routine celebrations and occasions to real motion in bringing about change.
“What I really need us to do is to espouse or speak in regards to the values and advocate for the modifications that lately actually require. In different phrases, transcend the day or the month that has been pinpointed to rejoice. I’m of the view that that is mandatory if we need to expertise lasting change.
“So, from right now, allow us to purpose to present our boys and males real help.”
In her handle, Dr Agatha Carrrington, Secretary for Well being, Wellness and Improvement, stated other than well being points, the Blue Room clinic will handle social points by way of the creation of a protected house for males.
Describing it as a “one-stop store,” she stated the clinic will promote an enabling setting for males to debate points that may not usually be addressed in different fora.
“We consider that this house has to create the type intimacy permitting for males to speak to males.”
The Blue Room’s companies embody therapeutic counselling, well being promotion and illness prevention, bodily train, a 24-hour hotline, a media room for the dialogue of labor and office points and mediation.
Carrington stated established males’s organisations will conduct group classes on occasion.
She added medical and nursing help will even be offered six days per week, from Monday to Saturday, between 7 am and 7pm.
Carrington stated professionals from her division, the TRHA and the NUGFW, are anticipated to take part within the initiative.
She made it clear the Blue Room isn’t a reproduction of any service in TT, and stated, “We all know that there have been commentators pushing again. However as of right now, we are going to push again the pushbacks.”
BEMEN president Michael Stewart, Single Fathers’ Affiliation president Rhondell Feeles and NUGFW consultant Kenneth Thomas additionally spoke on the launch.
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