Last Friday, May 27, the International Day of Action for Women’s Health was celebrated. It was a day that was developed with several activities in the esplanade of the Municipality of Montevideo (IM).
The exercise it had workshops and dissemination of informative material, in addition to various mobile stations for carrying out check-ups and controls. Tele R was present, and spoke with Virginia Cardozo, Director of Health of the capital commune.
Regarding the activity, he maintained that «this time we set ourselves the challenge of being able to make a day that represents women in their diversity on the one hand. To be able to think of ourselves as diverse and to think of women’s health as something completely comprehensive.”
Also «to be able to carry out actions on counseling for sexual and reproductive health, in addition to the prevention of breast cancer. Also on everything related to menstruation and tools for menstrual management, “said Cardozo.
He noted that the commune contributes to “being able to get advice on gender-based violence, its prevention and approach. Everything that the intendency works for women’s health, today is set to be enjoyed by citizens “. In addition «we add the cultural and musical aspect. Health is really many aspects of our life. “Taking care of ourselves in health is to celebrate and extremely enjoyable.”
Throughout the day, which began at 10:00 a.m. and lasted until 5:00 p.m., tests against HIV and Hepatitis C, among others, were carried out in different terminals. Cardozo expressed that “there is a diversity of actions to carry out and we don’t just want that to remain only in the tests.” Our health is much more, it is mental health and the burden of care”. He noted that sometimes “we have the difficulty of reaching people who are not used to regularly going to health check-ups. Or sometimes they feel distanced from health control due to social stigmatization.