No fewer than 60, 000 Lagos residents have benefitted from the Eko Health Mission organised by the state government.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, gave the figure at the commencement of the Eko Health Mission in Mushin Local Government Area of the state, Tuesday.
He said that the health mission was a grassroots intervention programme aimed at complementing established healthcare delivery system in the state.
He said, ”I am happy to note that since the commencement of this programme on March 1, over 60,000 residents of Ojo, Oshodi/Isolo, Amuwo Odofin, Badagry, Ajeromi, Agege and Ikeja have benefitted from various health services.
”It is gratifying to note that among the beneficiaries are the elderly, pregnant women and people with disabilities.
”I urged residents of Mushin to take advantage of this opportunity to know their health statuses and receive treatment from our team of qualified medical personnel,” Ambode said.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said that the programme would enable the state to ascertain the peculiar health challenges of the residents.
According to Idris, Badagry has a high rate of goitre while Mushin has a high rate of eye problems, diabetes and high blood pressure.
“The statistics will assist the government in planning for the health of the people in terms of budgetary allocation and policies.
”I urge our people to visit any of our primary healthcare centres whenever they have any health challenge for prompt medical attention,” he said.
The Commissioner for Special Duties in the state, Mr Oluseye Oladejo, who warned that the government would sanction any health worker who would refuse to attend to the medical needs of the residents said the government was investing much in the health sector and desires that the residents should take advantage of it to stay healthy.
The Sole Administrator of Mushin Local Government, Mr Yinka Kazeem, commended the state government for the programme.
Mrs Funmilayo Tejuosho, Lagos House of Member representing Mushin Constituency I, remarked that the state needed healthy residents for improved economy.
A beneficiary, Mr Olabande Fabiyi, thanked the government for providing a free eye screening and treatment for him.
” I would have gone blind because I could not raise the needed amount to take care of my eye problem,” he said.
The Eko Health Mission in Mushin LGA, which is rendering free diabetes, blood sugar, hypertension, eye, HIV and dental screening, will end on Friday.
Immunization: Health Board Targets Rural Communities
Towards ensuring that immunization campaign achieves its target of over 90 percent, the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, says it has provided modalities for trained health care providers to reach the interiors of the state.
Making this known in an exclusive interview, the Health Education / Coordinator, Rivers State Social and Behavioural Change Communication Committee, Dr Daris Nria, said provisions have been made to take the free immunisation exercise to the rural areas of the state.
Because immunisation programe will be running concurrently in all the local government areas, and these areas will be empowered with boats or other means of transport, as well as logistics.
She used this opportunity to call on the public especially parents and women of child bearing age to avail themselves the opportunity of being immunized against tetanus and other diseases.
In another development, the Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) Focal Person, Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Emen-Jaja stated that the MNCH week slated to commence from 20th – 24th September will provide health care services for children under the age of five years, pregnant women as well as their spouses.
Such services, according to her, include administration of vitamin A, deworming exercise, nutritional screening, general health checks, child spacing and birth registration.
“Both women of reproductive age and their spouses who visit the health care centres would also have free services within the week.
CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers
The Rivers State Chapter of the Civil Society organsation (CSO) has called on the state government to establish cancer treatment centres in the state to address the current growing cancer cases in the state.
Making the call recently, chairman of the organisation, Mr Dennis Otobo, said going by the status among the community of states in the country, Rivers State needs such centres in strategic areas of the state.
He stated that “going by the position of Rivers State among other states in the country, we are over due to have enough cancer treatment centres, especially considering the State Government’s focus on the health of her people”.
According to him, “taking some of our cancer patients to other neighbouring states does not tell well of our health services, no matter how we look at it.
“Government should establish cancer treatment centres in the state, at least a one hub treatment centre in each LGA”, he said.
Otobo explained that for now, about 99 per cent of treatments for cancer and related services are provided by donor agencies and patients are taken outside the state for treatment, which requires a lot of fund that is mostly not available.
“If government can provide cancer treatment centres in the state, it will not only lessen the impact of the ailment in the state but will also alleviate the suffering of patients who cannot afford going for treatment outside the state”, he said.
To Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert
A Nephrologist, specialist in Kidney disease, Dr Manda David-West, says excessive salt consumption is one key cause of kidney disease.
Stating this in a recent interview, she said in-take of too much salt is capable of damaging one’s kidney, in addition to raising blood pressure.
“Too much salt can raise up the Blood Pressure (BP), and once the BP is raised, if you are not on medication, It can damage the kidney over time, she said.
In order to prevent this, Dr David West, who is a Consultant Nephrologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) called for limitation in salt in-take.
She further stated that to prevent kidney disease, there was the need to cut down on carbohydrate and callory intake, alongside checking food in-take capable of increasing chances of developing diabetes mellitus.
Dr David West continued that enough intake of fruits and vegetables, alongside exercises with a view to keep fit also prevents kidney diseases.
Contrary to wide spread belief that food supplements are good for the body, Dr David West said too much intake of food supplements is not good for the body.
Accroding to her, besides taking fruits and vegetables, “they should engage in daily exercise, try and keep fit and be active as much.
“Even (food) supplement has not been proven to be good to the kidney, especially when it is taken for a long time.
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