International Men’s Day |18 November 2023
Male workers attend half-day health symposium
The Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs yesterday hosted a half -day health symposium for male workers within the ministry and those with the Agency for Social Protection (ASP).
The symposium at the Seychelles Olympic House, Roche Caiman was opened by Minister Patricia Francourt in the presence of some female workers who came to give their support to their male counterparts. It was part of the ministry’s activities to commemorate International Men’s Day tomorrow.
The symposium included presentations and discussions on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by male nurse Sam Moses, health related diseases linked to lifestyle by nurse Gina Laporte and erectile dysfunction by Dr Manoo Ramkhelawon.
In a short address to welcome the male staff, Minister Francourt said given that males in the country live on average seven years less than females, it was important for them to conduct different health tests on a regular basis, that would enable them to live a little bit longer to cater for their wives, children and other members of their families.
She encouraged them to stop internalising their emotions and difficulties with regard to their health and to seek help immediately when they feel unwell.
She also encouraged them to ask all the necessary questions about their health that will help them live a long, healthy life.
Before the start of the symposium, the participants joined the minister in a symbolic cake cutting.
Photos by Louis Toussaint