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Govt is committed to reducing burden of diseases in Lagos – Ambode

Mrs. Bolanle AmbodeWife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has stated that the need to prevent and reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases in the state informed the just-concluded State Wellness Week Programme.
The programme is an integrated free awareness and screening exercise for non-communicable diseases of hypertension, diabetes, breast,cervical and prostate cancers.
Mrs. Ambode, who stated this Wednesday, at the flag-off ceremony of the third round of State Wellness Week Programme at the Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area Secretariat, noted that the overall aim of the programme is to prevent and reduce non-communicable disease through awareness creation and early detection and treatment of affected individuals.
Ambode, who was represented at the event by the Wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Ibiyemi Bello, explained that non-communicable diseases are chronic diseases that cause dysfunction, impairment in the quality of life and death.
She added that these diseases are very common in our environments, especially in the middle age and elderly stressing they are said to be hidden and dangerous because they usually develop over relatively long periods without manifesting any appreciable symptoms until they reach advanced stages.
“At this late stage, the diseases cause complications and can no longer be successfully or satisfactorily managed; they have negative impacts on both individuals and their immediate families, resulting in debilitation, reduced productivity and economic loss”, Mrs. Ambode said.
She opined that the implementation of the awareness and screening programme for hypertension, diabetes, breast, cervical and prostate cancers by the State Ministry of Health which incidentally share common underlying risk factors such as unhealthy diet, alcohol, tobacco, and lack of physical exercise is a good strategy to reduce the burden of the diseases.
The government is increasingly improving upon her awareness strategies towards behaviour change with a view to reducing exposure to the underlying risk factors. This is done through various health promotion messages using the multi-media approach”, the wife of the Governor said.
She added that the government is equally implementing service demand creation interventions towards ensuring early diagnosis and prompt treatment of diseases with more favourable outcomes.
Earlier in her address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. ‘Modele Osunkiyesi noted that in contemporary times, developing countries including Nigeria are undergoing major demographic and epidemiological transition, with significant increase in the burden of Non Communicable and mental Diseases.
She explained that this transition will, of necessity, re-orient demand for health services and increase pressures for improving disease prevention and health promoting strategies in health care.
“It is in realization of this and towards improving the health of the people of Lagos State that this integrated preventive health screening programme termed theWellness Week is being implemented by the state Government”, Osunkiyesi said.
The Executive Secretary, Apapa-Iganmu LCDA, Mrs. Funmilayo Akande Mohammed, while speaking during the event, urged residents of the local council development area to undergo necessary screening related to diabetes, blood pressure, cervical cancer and prostate cancer adding that the test for these diseases which ordinarily would cost significant amounts of money will be done free of charge.
“It is on record that cervical cancer kills about 26 women everyday worldwide. Therefore, it is generally believed that any ailment detected early enough has great chance of being cured,” she said.

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.