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National Fibroid Awareness Week launched

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Ian Allen/Photographer Dr Charles Rockhead (right), managing director, MARROC Limited, chats with DrVernon Dacosta (center) director, The Hugh Wynter Fertility Managing Unit, UWI Mona and Dr Milton A. Hardie after the launch of Fibroid Awareness Week.
Ian Allen/Photographer From left: Lisa-Ann Ogilvie, founder of Caribbean Woman, catches up with with Dr Sandra Knight, outgoing chairman, Jamaica National Family Planning Board; Dr Vernon Dacosta, director, The Hugh Wynter Fertility Unit, UWI Mona and Terry-Anne Wilson assistant manager, Business Development and Marketing, Gleaner Company.

As soon as you stepped into the Manpower and Maintenance Services' auditorium on the morning of April 26, you could feel anticipation filling the air. It was a force so strong that you could hardly wait for the unveiling of the Caribbean Woman organisation's plans for National Fibroid Awareness Week.

In an effort to increase awareness of what is known as 'the black woman's illness', the Caribbean Woman organisation held its official media launch with the aim to start its national awareness campaign with a bang.

Speakers included: Dr Charles Rockhead, managing director of Mar-Roc Limited; Dr Denise Chevannes-Vogel, executive director of the Jamaica National Family Planning; Professor Horace Fletcher, dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies; Dr Sonia Copeland, representative of the Ministry of Health; Dr Sandra Knight, chairman of Jamaica National Family Planning; Dr Clive Lai, president-elect of the Medical Association of Jamaica; and Terry-Anne Wilson, assistant manager, business development and marketing at The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited.

Dr Knight urged gynaecologists to be sensitive about the illness when dealing with patients and to include and inform male partners and friends of affected women. Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman's uterus. Sometimes, these tumours cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods.

Founder of Caribbean Woman, Lisa-Ann O'Gilvie, shared stories about her own experience with fibroids. Through those experiences, she said she gained the passion needed to start this campaign and to see it through to the end.

The Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has declared May 15-21 National Fibrod Awareness Week, and Caribbean Woman promises that the events scheduled to take place during the week will be focused on sharing information on real issues surrounding fibroids and ways to cope with and provide support to women affected by the condition.