By Gabriel Olawale
The Medical Director of Dennis Ashley Wellness Clinic, DAWC, Dr Chima Oti has admonished Nigerians not to see sickness as a curse but rather approach qualified medical practitioner for early intervention.
Oti who spoke during a free medical outreach in Lagos Island spearhead by DAWC decree Nigerians poor attitude towards healthcare, he said that it is normal for the body to be ill, but abnormal for people to refused to seek medical help.
“Some people see sickness as a cause or taboo. But the fact remains that somebody have to sick and the doctor is there to treat you. Sickness is not a bad thing, it is part of life. What you will pray for is that when you are sick somebody is there to treat you. “What we are advocating for is that don’t let it be too late before you seek medical help, prevention is better than cure. Hypertension, diabetes, cancer are all real. You don’t get heal by saying, it is not my portion.
Corroborating his view, Consultant General Practitioner with DAWC and a Member of Royal College of General Practitioners, United Kingdom, Dr. Ikunna Onwuanibe who called on government to make test for common chronic diseases free said that a lot of Nigerians are walking around with illnesses that they are not aware of.
“Because they cannot afford consultation fee, they do not know that they have common things like high blood pressure, diabetes among others. By the time they are completely down with some of these illnesses, it is often late.
“That is while at Dennis Ashley Wellness Clinic, we carried out free medical outreach periodically in different part of Lagos as a way of bringing healthcare closer to the people. Today, we are testing and start treating people for things like high blood pressure, glucose level, and body mass index. Our partners are also testing people for things like eye test, cancer, sleeping disorder, urinary-tract system and the male reproductive organs and many more.
He explained that the huge burden of chronic disease in Nigeria can be blame on change of lifestyle, “If you look at our grandparent they did a lot of physical work but a lot of people do not do physical work anymore. We also eat a lot of things that are not beneficial to the body.