BY JOSEPHINE AGBONKHESE
No fewer than 500 women and men benefitted from a week-long free healthcare ranging from counseling to diabetes and blood-pressure check organized by the Rotary Club of Victoria Island recently in Lagos.
This is amid rise in diabetes and hypertension, with Nigeria said to record 160,000 cases of stroke yearly.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, Vice-President of the club, Mr.Adeyinka Adedeji, said the Family Health Week which was an initiative of Rotary International’s Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention-RFHA project was one of Rotary’s many ways of creating awareness on terminal diseases on the prowl in the country.
“We want people to understand they should always check their blood pressure, sugar level and overall health if possible. That way, we all can prevent these deadly diseases before they manifest because prevention, they say, is better than cure,” Adedeji said.
Adding that the overall target of the annual Family Health Week was to reach 150,000 Nigerians, Mr. John Obasi, Public Relations Director, Rotary Club of Victoria Island, disclosed that the exercise was holding simultaneously in over 130 sites across the country.
“In all, the free services include family counseling, diabetes and hypertension screening and education, breast and cervical cancers screening, polio immunisation, malaria testing and provision of long lasting insecticides nets, condom distribution, eye and dental checks, among others,” he said. In a related development, members of the Rotary Club of Victoria Island were, last week, at marketplaces around Obalende/Ikoyi area of Lagos to sensitize traders on the need for continued immunisation against polio.
Led by the Secretary of the club, Mrs Mary Chinwendu, and Mr Falodun David, also a member, the sensitization which was in commemoration of the World Polio Day 2015, sought to sustain tempo on polio eradication while Nigeria awaits final certication from the World Health Organisation, WHO, even though it has been removed from the list of polio endemic countries.