The Kwakwaduam Association Inc of New York celebrated the Mother's Day in style in New York over the weekend. The occasion was to celebrate mothers, mothers to be and women in general.
Contributing to the occasion, Nana Yaa Boahema I, advised the women to heed their role within the family set up and to ensure stability of their families. She said women had the tendency to take care of everybody else but themselves and indicated the need for a more comprehensive role of women in the immigrant community.
Dr. Alex Aniapam Boafo, the President and a Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein Medical School New York, gave a lecture on the Screening Guidelines for Women. He suggested the good health was state of a social, physical and mental wellbeing and not only the absence of disease. He stressed the importance of screening and gave an age stratified guidelines for screening and more importantly stressed the need for preventive maintenance of health. Some on the important areas he stressed include screening guidelines for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, bone densitometry, mammogram, Pap smears, STIs among others. He also stressed weight reduction as part of health maintenance and explained the use of the BMI table. He advised the mothers to ensure that their teenage girls who were sexually active to get gynecologic exams and to get the appropriate screening particularly for STIs and indicated need for the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
Through partnership with the World Vision and the New York City Mayor's Clothing Bank, gift items were distributed to the mothers and to some of the wives of the male members.
With the legendary song of Prince Nico Mbarga (Sweet Mother) in the background members danced away the night. It was a indeed festive occasion
Kwakwaduam Association Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the social, health, educational, economic and cultural wellbeing of its members and the community and extending the same to the people of Ghana and Africa in general.