Lagos Restates Commitment to Reduction of Non Communicable Diseases
The Lagos State Government has once again restated its commitment towards the reduction of the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like hypertension, diabetes and cancers of the breast, cervix and prostate through the implementation of effective strategies.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga who disclosed this recently during the commemoration the 5th round State Wellness Week Programme at Kola Primary Healthcare Centre in Ojokoro local council development noted the burden of NCDs is high and the challenge of combating the diseases has some unprecedented dimensions.
“It is expensive and it strains our already overburdened health systems, diverting scarce resources from other important development priorities. The rise of chronic non-communicable diseases presents every nation’s public health with an enormous challenge.”, he said.
Onanuga stated that the Lagos State government remains resolute in ensuring that residents are appropriately empowered to become responsible for their health and take all necessary precautions towards prevention and control of diseases in the State.
The Special Adviser added that the State government would continue to intensify community advocacy, mobilization and sensitization interventions for disease control and prevention.
“We are determined to reduce the burden of these diseases through implementation of strategies such as awareness creation, sensitization and mobilization (ACSM); early detection and prompt treatment of those affected. This, we believe, will ensure favourable outcome for these medical condition,” he said.
While assuring that the State government had put in place all requisite health care resources to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases, the Special Adviser noted that health care facilities in the State including Primary Health Centres, General Hospitals and the State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) are continually being renovated, staffed and equipped to address the NCDs management needs of the people.
Onanuga explained that the State government’s sponsored wellness week programme provides an opportunity to create awareness and provide screening services for NCDs for the benefit of residents of Lagos.
“This programme is targeted at increasing awareness, reducing missed opportunities and maximizing the benefits of integration of health services towards combating non communicable diseases”, he said.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman, Ojoko Local Council Development Area, Mr. Hameed Tijani appealed to residents to ensure they go for routine medical check with a view to knowing their health status and take care of whatever arises without delay, especially for non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, breast, cervical and prostate cancers.