The Nigerian Red Cross has advised women journalists to ensure regular medical check-up to prevent any challenges that may stand as impediments in the discharge of their duties.

The Acting Branch Secretary in Osun State, Mr. Tolulope Ogunleye, gave the advice at training for women journalists in Osogbo.

Mr. Ogunleye noted that most journalists in workplaces never pay attention to issues concerning their health which had led to hundreds of them losing their lives.

The Red Cross official gave some immediate safety tips that could be administered on any casualty during an emergency situation.

Some of the safety tips included saving persons with a heart attack, those who slump, drown and people with severe cuts on the body.

He urged journalists to always check their blood pressure, get adequate rest from work and also report any signs, symptoms or medical history to their doctors early.

Mrs. Veronica Ogbole, a veteran journalist and trainer on gender equity and safety, commended the Red Cross personnel for the safety tips, and urged the participants to transmit what they had learnt to colleagues in their respective media organisations.

Also speaking, another trainer, Mrs. Rafat Salami, said all the skills, lectures and training acquired at the workshop would go a long way in preparing women journalists for the challenges ahead in their workplace.

Mnt/Babatunde Tiamiyu

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