A mental health expert and coordinator of Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Mrs. Abodunrin Funmilayo, has stated that regular sexual intercourse between couples is a good exercise for healthy living and also a panacea to sleeplessness.
Mrs. Abodunrin, representing a medical consultant, Dr. Robertson Olugbade Omotajo, stated this in her health talk on “Old Age-Related Diseases” at the first reunion of the class of 1997 alumni of Department of Mass Communication of The Polytechnic, Ibadan and the class’silver jubilee graduation from the polytechnic, held at Jubilee Conference Centre, Oke Ado, Ibadan, Oyo state.
A cross session of 1997 class of Mass Communication of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, at the Reunion/25th graduation anniversary of the class at Jubilee Conference Centre, Ibadan
Abodunrin advised the aging to go for regular medical checkup as at when due, saying that “like car owners regularly visit the mechanic workshop to service their cars, our kidney, livers and other vital organs in our body need regular check up and constant servicing, particularly from age 40 in order for us to enjoy a good health.” She shared statistics that revealed that about 150,000 people die on a daily basis worldwide with two third of the death caused by old-age related diseases.
The Oyo State Primary Health Care Board coordinator observed that the rates of depression and suicide cases are on the increase today “because no one cares for another again unlike in the past when family ties were strong. So, as alumni, as you are aging you must care for one another. You must be your brother’s and your sister’s keeper in order to prevent one another from old-age-related diseases,” she advised.
The mental health expert prescribed for the aging from age 40: vegetable diets, balanced diet, fruits diets, adequate water drinking, regular exercises, adequate rest of at least 6 hours of sleep daily, weight control, no smoking, no alcohol, stress reduction, regular medical check up for the care of the heart, care of the liver, care of the kidney and care of other vital organs in the body and engage in activities that increase both health span and life span like regular/healthy sexual intercourse. “To increase your life span, you must first increase your health span” she concluded.
Mr. Kayode Akinpelu, also an alumni and a retired lecturer at The Poly Ibadan Mass communication department charged his former students on the importance, the significance and the benefits of alumni. He shared his experiences and benefits from two of the many alumni bodies he said he belongs, and then encouraged the class to sustain their school friendship.
While lauding the class for the initiative of reuniting after 25 years of parting ways, Akinpelu noted that friendships made in school are more beneficial than friendship made out of school. Therefore, he charged the class to care for the welfare of one another, create various chapters of the alumni for the members to be closely knitted and to always watch the back of one another.
Guest speakers at the event, Mrs. Funmilayo Abodunrin and Mr. Kayode Akinpelu
Earlier, Dr. Wole Olarinde, the reunion planning committee coordinator, in his address of welcome shared the formative stages of the 1997 alumni of the Mass Communication department of The Polytechnic, Ibadan. He commended the class for making the alumni happened, climaxing in the the reunion/25th graduation anniversary of the class within four months of the alumni formation.
Olarinde appreciated the general platform of various alumni bodies of The Polytechnic, Ibadan comprising the alumni of different departments of the institution; the Like Mind Movement, for providing the data for the formation of the distinctive 1997 alumni of the department of Mass Communication of The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
One of the major highlights of the reunion/25th graduation anniversary celebration of the class was the election of protem executive officers for the alumni. Dr. Wole Olarinde was elected President, Pastor Oyekanmi Fajimi, General Secretary, Mr. Sumbo Sangogade, Treasurer/Financial secretary, Mrs. Olabimpe Otegbade, Welfare Officer, and Mr. Adekunle Aderemi, Public Relations Officer (PRO). Others are Mr. Tunde Babalola (JP), coordinator, Abuja Chapter, Mr Wale Olagoke, coordinator, Ibadan chapter; Lekan Omotosho, coordinator, Lagos Axis and Barrister Daniel Pelu-Jones, coordinator, the Diaspora members.
Mrs. Bisi Adekola and Mrs Bimpe Otegbade at the event