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Experts raise alarm over high rate of diabetes, BP in Plateau

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos—Medical personnel have raised concern over the prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV, malaria, hepatitis B and C in rural communities in southern zone of Plateau State.

The medical personnel discovered the prevalence of the diseases while attending to over 5,000 rural dwellers in communities across Qua’an Pan Local council, when the Tina Bawa Foundation organised a five-day free medical outreach in the area.

The patients, who cannot afford medical care due to absence of functional healthcare facilities in the locality, took advantage of the outreach geared towards alleviating the health challenges of the people.

Speaking with journalists, the team leader and a Public Health Physician, Dr. Jennifer Eze, said most of the ailments diagnosed were due to lack basic healthcare and clean drinking water, adding: “These diseases result from the lack of adequate water supply for the communities to use. They drink from any source of water.”

 


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