By CHIOMA OBINNA
Concerned by growing incidences of silent killer diseases among Nigerians, EKO Hospitals last week offered free health care services simultaneously in its facilities at Surulere, Ikoyi and Ikeja in Lagos for over 1,500 persons.
Services provided included free eye test, blood sugar test, immunisation, deworming, health talk, consultations, and treatment, as part of the 2013 Health Week aimed at creating awareness on silent killer diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, cancer, amongst other non communicable diseases.
Chief Operations Adviser, EKO Hospital, Zak Mood said the initiative was to create awareness and give opportunity to people to benefit from the expertise the hospital offers as part of its Cooperate Social Responsibility, CSR. Momodu said certain predisposing factors to these diseases is stress. “Stressors in the environment are many including things that people do not realise that they are stressors such as marital life, family life, and economic situation. All these add up to increase the level of free radicals in the body.”
He stated that science has shown that these free radicals in the body contribute significantly to the development of cancer and other diseases that are now of public health emergency. These add up to the reasons why Eko Hospitals decided that they will do this health week to screen people so that people will be aware of certain diseases that have not yet manifested, for them to know and then they can follow up either in Eko Hospital or in any other hospital.”