Dr. Afaf Tawfiq, head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, (in black scarf) during the inauguration of the Women’s Awareness Day on Tuesday. — SG photoSamar Yahya
Saudi GazetteJEDDAH – King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) celebrated a Women’s Awareness Day on Tuesday by holding a series of events about women’s health.
The general public and hospital employees were invited to attend the programs, which were organized by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology headed by Dr. Afaf Tawfiq.
“A woman is the cornerstone of the family and we are pleased to organize Women’s Awareness Day. It’s part of our mission at KFSH&RC to educate the public regarding their health concerns. Women’s wellness doesn’t reflect women’s health alone, it extends to the entire family,” said Tawfiq.
Doctors emphasized how the health of a woman is reflected on the entire society.
In addition to promoting lifestyles that increase overall wellness, women were encouraged to get screened for cancer regularly and expecting mothers were told about the importance of screening for congenital anomalies in fetuses.
Another major issue addressed during the events was incontinence, which many women suffer from in the Kingdom. Doctors said women suffer in silence for years or ignore it because they don’t know about available treatment.
“We also presented data on how many women we have treated at KFSH&RC in various subspecialties in obstetrics and gynecology. We also took this opportunity to answer questions from the public regarding their health concerns,” Dr. Tawfiq added.
The hospital plans to organize a number of programs to raise women’s awareness throughout the year in public venues where a larger audience can be reached.