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NAS tackles non-communicable diseases at grassroots

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
IKEJA sub-zone of the National Association of Seadogs (NAS), Lagos State has expressed worry over high rate of diabetes, high blood pressure discovered among market women, artisans in Lagos State.

Coordinator of the sub-zone, Mr. Kevin Ofili, remarked during a free medical healthcare services sponsored by the Association at Ipodo Market, Ikeja, that more than 100 people with diabetes and high blood pressure were discovered. Most had no prior knowledge of their status.

The free medical service programme which included checks on blood pressure and glucose levels, among others, said the alarming cases of diabetes and the risk of high blood pressure was indicated as a thing of concern to the Association, hence,  urgent intervention must be employed..

“Most of the beneficiaries, especially the elderly ones among them were diagnosed by the medical professionals of having diabetes and high blood pressure.

“We had carried out this kind of services before and we discovered that people do not have the sub-consciousness of going to check for their health status themselves.”

Ofili commended Neimeth Pharmaceutical Company Plc for responding to the organisation’s request for the provision of drugs which were distributed free of charge to needy patients.

A medical practitioner, Dr. Wale Oni, one of the counseling personnel, said the highest number of patients counselled fell into the category of those with high blood pressure.

He stressed that it became necessary to counsel them to change their life style. He said some of the artisans with high blood pressure confessed to be regular smokers of marijuana, adding that with proper counselling some of them could stop the habit.

A beneficiary, Mr. Femi Adejobi, said the NAS initiative would help government in the area of health care, and also help in the reduction of diseases and sicknesses among the populace.


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