Lagos Trains 120 For Diabetes Screening

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The Lagos State Government has begun the training of 120 health workers drawn from all the local government and local council development areas of the state in an effort to ensure the success of the forthcoming free screening for diabetes and hypertension in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina, who disclosed this on Tuesday during a two-day training programme, explained that the exercise involved all health workers in the respective local government area, nurse/student nurse, pharmacists/pharmacy technicians, community health officers, among others.

Adeshina opined that the rationale for the programme could not be over emphasised in view of the dangers to health and economic loss that diabetes and hypertension posed to both individuals and government, stressing that both diseases constitute a major component of what is generally referred to as Noncommunicable Diseases (NDCs).

The Special Adviser pointed out that inadequate knowledge/awareness of the symptoms, signs and effects of untreated hypertension and diabetes; asymptomatic nature of hypertension and diabetes, both of which are potentially fatal in outcome increased incidence of sudden death especially among young people in the productive age range.

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Adeshina recalled that the state government recently established the Lagos State Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) surveillance system and a community-based prevention intervention scheme among others in a comprehensive strategy comprising six components in order to effectively prevent and control noncommunicable diseases in the state.

She said that increased incidence of sudden death, especially among young people in the productive age of 35years; the significant correlation between hypertension and diabetes on one hand and end stage renal diseases (renal failure), stroke, heart failure and heart attack, informed the government’s decision to adopt the strategy.

‘The overall goal of the comprehensive strategy adopted by the state government on the prevention and control of the Noncommunicable Diseases in the state is to detect early asymptomatic/undiagnosed cases especially those at high risk as well as to prevent complications through the prompt and effective treatment of diagnosed cases”, Adeshina said

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

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