By Gabriel Olawale
In the spirit of Yuletide, members of the Rotary Club of Ogudu GRA in collaboration with medical personnel from Total Healthcare Foundation stormed Ogudu in Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos for a free health mission.
The medical mission screened over 2,000 people for various ailments including non-communicable diseases such as cervical and breast cancers, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, Prostate-Specific Antigen test for men as well as counselling on healthy lifestyle.
The exercise which had elderly people as major beneficiaries of the mission witnessed several testimonies.
In his presentation at the programme, the Coordinator of Total Healthcare Foundation, Mr. Dare Ogunremi enjoined residents of the area to adopt a healthy lifestyle and regular medical check-up.
He explained that their mission was to reduce incidences of non-communicable diseases through promotion of regular health checks and early intervention.”
“Most of our foods in Nigeria are carbohydrate, which is high in sugar, when you keep consuming them without appropriate balance diet, it can increase your sugar level. Some people consume carbohydrate late in the night and go to bed immediately without allowing it to digest, that is dangerous to your health.”
“Many people think it is only when they add refined sugar to their meal they will have diabetes. This is not true.”
“We encourage people to take time to rest, engage in regular exercise, live a healthy lifestyle and go for regular check up.”
Speaking, All Star President of Rotary Club of Ogudu GRA, Rotarian Aliyu Umaru said the initiative was in line with their mandate to ensure that people living in their immediate environment are healthy.
“We are committed to assisting less privileged Nigerians.”
He however urged the government to rollout series of activities that can promote early detection of non-communicable diseases for early treatment.