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Lagos begins quarterly free hypertension, diabetes screening

By Chioma Obinna
Irked by the rising incidences of diabetes and hypertension, the Lagos State Government has reviewed its state-wide free diabetes and hypertension screening exercise to be held quarterly with a view to further aid the early detection of undiagnosed cases of the diseases.

To this end, the 6th round of the state-wide free diabetes and hypertension screening exercise will begin on Monday in all the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.

Briefing journalists in Lagos, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who explained the rationale for embarking on the programme noted the dangers these diseases pose to health and the economic consequences to individuals and governments at large.

Idris further noted that developing countries, of which Nigeria and indeed Lagos State form a part, were undergoing a major demographic and epidemiological transition, with significant increase in the burden of injuries and non-communicable diseases, as such these diseases are more expensive to treat but generally preventable if detected early.

His words: “Lagos State, being the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria has peculiar environmental and other risk factors that predispose residents to non-communicable diseases. It was in realisation of the above and also in fulfillment of his campaign promise that Governor Fashola initiated and instituted the Hypertension and Diabetes Screening programme in Lagos State.”

Idris who appealed to Lagosians to come out en masse to access the free medical check exercise further disclosed that three new clubs had been added to the initial clubs as designated centres for the exercise. The centres are Mainland Club, F’s Club and Ikorodu Club and the exercise will run daily at the clubs between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday.


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