Lagos State Government has said that an integrated free health screening for hypertension and diabetes as well as breast, cervix and prostate cancers will commence in the State under its first state-wide wellness health week screening programme from Monday 25 through Friday 29 of this month.
Special Adviser to the State Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina, who disclose this Thursday during a press conference to intimate the public on activities lined up for the week, noted that the rationale for embarking on the integrated screening programme cannot be overemphasized in view of the danger to health and economic loss hypertension, diabetes and cancer pose to both individuals and government.
Adeshina, who noted that the Wellness Week is expected to be flagged off simultaneously in all the 20 local government areas (LGAs) and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs) by their respective chairmen, stressed that the state flag-off ceremony is scheduled to hold at Rauf Aregbesola Primary Healthcare Centre at Mosan Okunola LCDA on Tuesday November 26, 2013.
She said: “These diseases including sickle cell anaemia, mental illnesses, injuries and accidents amongst others constitute a major component of what is generally referred to as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which are in turn regarded as chronic conditions that do not result from acute infectious process. These conditions cause death, dysfunction or impairment in the quality of life and they usually develop over relatively long periods”.
Adeshina explained that the diseases result from prolonged exposure to causative agents, many of which is associated with personal behaviours and environmental factors stressing that they are the leading cause of functionary impairment and death worldwide.
“These diseases are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 60 per cent of all deaths. By year 2020, it is predicted that non-communicable diseases will be causing seven out of every 10 deaths in developing countries,” the Special Adviser added.
She noted that developing countries of which Nigeria and indeed Lagos State form a part are undergoing a major demographic and epidemiological transitions, with significant increase in the burden of injuries and non-significant increase in the burden of injuries and non communicable diseases stressing that these diseases are more expensive to treat and preventable if early detection is initiated.
Adeshina noted that Wellness Health Week is being organized as a result of; inadequate knowledge and awareness of the symptoms, signs and effects of untreated hypertension, diabetes as well as cancer of the breast, cervix and prostate stressing the goal of the programme is to create awareness about NCDs and detect the diseases early enough.