Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba, advising young women during the University of Venda’s She Conquers campaign. Photo by Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane

Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwan

Say No to blessers. That was the message from the Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba, advising young women during the University of Venda’s She Conquers campaign. The event was held at University of Venda Auditorium on Friday under the theme 2017- A year of healthy living towards a healthy
lifestyle for all.

Ramathuba applauded the young women who never date blessers to remain as they are. “Blessers can promise you everything. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have money. It’s not your fault, however you can
just do yourself a favour and focus on your education so that you become independent and not rely on blessers. Those blessers have already achieved many things in life”, said the Health MEC.

She told the students that the use of condoms should be a last resort if a young person is unable to abstain or be faithful to one partner.

“We are very concerned about the effects of abortions that are done on the streets. Hospitals and clinics provide contraceptive methods that prevent unwanted pregnancies. But women are using abortion as contraception and that’s why we have lost many during the process,” Ramathuba said.
She advised pregnant women to stay away from alcohol and cigarettes during pregnancy because they damage the developing brain of the baby.

Univen Student Representative Council president Mandla Shikwambane believes that no one must be in a relationship with someone she does not want. “You do not have to be forced to love anyone and you have a right to say no. If you are a victim of abuse, it is not your fault. Find a safe place and get help. I am vocal about abuse especially towards women and children.’’
He encouraged people to continue supporting the
HEAIDS programmes to ensure that young women are empowered and decrease HIV /AIDS infections. HEAIDS supports higher education institutions in responding to the pandemic through their core functions of learning, teaching, innovation and community engagement.

He also urged people to get tested for HIV&AIDS because most people are dying from denial. “Most of the people are dying because of this incurable disease because they are afraid to go for testing, and suffer from denial as soon as they find out. Know your status now so that you can live a healthy life,” he said.