Ministry of Health launches campaign on Father’s Day week to encourage men to go to doctor
According to the Ministry of Health, one third (31%) of Brazilian men do not go to medical appointments often. In many cases, they believe they do not get sick or are afraid to discover a disease. In addition, they feel that going to the doctor can be considered a sign of weakness and interfere with their image as a “family protector.”
The lack of monitoring of health status has serious consequences for them, who live about seven years less than women. Male life expectancy is 71 years, while female life expectancy is 78 years. Among the main causes of death for men are traffic accidents and violence, but also preventable diseases such as cardiovascular problems, cancer and diseases of the digestive tract.
Based on the knowledge of this scenario, the Ministry launched on Thursday (11) the Partner’s Prenatal Guide for Health Professionals. The idea is to take advantage of the moment when the man is closer to the health system, accompanying the in prenatal care, to encourage the adoption of healthy habits and the performance of preventive exams. Together, the Human Health Guide for Community Health Agents has been launched with guidelines for health workers to take men to basic health units and work on disease prevention.
The Ministry of Health also launched with Avasus a distance learning course called Father Gift – Care and Commitment. The course is aimed at all parents who want to live an active and conscious parenting and can be accessed through the internet .
In making the announcement of the campaign, Health Minister Ricardo Barros gave a statement that generated controversy. He justified the fact that men take less health care by saying that they “work harder” and “are the providers of most families.” A recent survey, released by IBGE, showed that while the male work day out of the house fell from 44 hours to 41 hours and 36 minutes a week in the last 10 years, the workload dedicated to domestic work remained stable. That is, free time was not reversed in greater dedication to the home. Over the same 10-year period, the woman has maintained an average workday out of 35 hours and a half, but still gains 24% less than men – and accumulating household chores. The workday of women at home reaches 21 hours and 12 minutes per week, more than double the time of men, of only 10 hours. Another survey showed that, in Brazil, women command 87% of households without a spouse .