Heart Diseases, Diabetes, are Major Challenges – Commissioner. Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, has urged residents of the Apapa/Iganmu Local Council Development Area to undergo regular medical tests for diabetes and hypertension.
According to him, non-communicable diseases are major public health challenges in the state which are as deadly as communicable diseases.
Idris said this on Monday at the opening ceremony of a three-day free cardiovascular screening organised by the council in partnership with Secure Technologies Limited.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Director, Disease Control, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Eniola Erinoso, said the state government would not succeed if its human capital was not healthy and productive. While advising residents to patiently go through the processes, Idris said the state government was focusing on disease prevention at the grassroots.
“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has a special interest in having a healthy citizenry and at the primary healthcare level, we are after disease prevention. We have been having Wellness Week where medical doctors treat Lagos residents for non-communicable diseases. We are creating awareness for the next event which will hold in the Lagos East Senatorial District because cardiovascular and metabolic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are major problems for our people,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Sole Administration of the council, Mr. Olumide Olayomi, said cardiology specialists, led by heart and kidney specialist, Dr. Sabu George, would screen residents and provide free treatment. He noted that the initiative was informed by the desire to improve the well-being of people in the locality.
“We are aligning with the governor’s policy on public health. During our inauguration, he told us to go and make a difference. That is why we are starting with heart health. Since heart-related diseases have been observed as one of the major causes of sudden death in recent time worldwide, early detection can help stem the tide of sudden death. The doctors will check your heart and your blood level; they will also give you free medication. You can lose your hand or your leg, but the moment the heart stops, that is the end,’’ he said.
By: Folashade Adebayo
The Punch News
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