Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola has listed healthy lifestyles such as regular exercises, moderate alcohol consumption, avoiding smoking, eating and drinking in moderation and regular health screening as ways of reducing the risk of falling victim to killer diseases such as hypertension and diabetes as well as prostate, cervix and breast cancers.
The duo who spoke during the flag-off ceremony of the first round of integrated state-wide wellness health week at Rauf Aregbesola primary health centre noted that embracing healthy lifestyles and paying proper attention to healthy living habits will not only reduce the risk of falling victim to killer diseases but will also help prevent it.
“It is against this background that our administration has come up with this initiative, which also aims to increase the tempo of sensitization and awareness to maximally help prevent, reduce these diseases and improve the health status of Lagosians,” Orelope-Adefulire said.
The Deputy Governor noted that the state government as also stepped up its comprehensive health sector infrastructural development plan which involves phased rehabilitation, refurbishment, equipping and upgrading of existing health facilities as part of the management strategies of the non communicable diseases.
“We have carried out various infrastructural development projects through the construction and equipping of cardiac and renal centre as well as the combined clinics and wards at Gbagada General Hospital. The cancer treatment centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) is also being strengthened”, She said.
In the same vein, Mrs. Fashola opined that the importance of the integrated screening for hypertension and diabetes as well as prostate, cervix and breast cancers in all the 57LGAs and LCDAs cannot be over emphasized given the fact that the diseases which she referred to as silent killers can be treated or managed successfully if detected early.
Said she: “For years we have witnessed on a regular basis and separate times awareness and screening programmes specifically for hypertension, diabetes, breast, cervical and prostate cancers. This new initiative tagged statewide wellness health week is a welcome idea that will integrate into one all screening and awareness of the five diseases for both men and women at the same time”.
Please be aware that these diseases do not present any noticeable symptoms until at the late stages, then it will be too expensive to treat and manage and could lead to loss of life and bread winners,” she added.
Earlier, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina 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.
Said she: “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 results from prolonged exposure to causative agents, many of which are associated with personal behaviours and environmental factors, and are the leading causes of functionary impairment and deaths worldwide.
The integrated health screening programme for hypertension, diabetes, breast, cervix and prostate cancers which commenced on Monday 25th November is scheduled to end on Friday 29th November, 2013 between the hours of 8am and 4pm daily.