Awka-Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala lectured the Masters’ Fitness Wellbeing Club, Awka, on dangers of non-communicable diseases and benefits of exercising.
Dr Okpala speaking at the health awareness talk organised by the group at Dr Alex Ekwueme square, Awka, emphasised healthy living and importance of exercising to the body.
He said that non-communicable diseases were non-infectious health conditions that could spread from person to person; it lasts for a long time and also known as chronic diseases.
According to him, a combination of genetic, psychological lifestyle and environmental factors can cause these diseases.
“Some of risk factors include unhealthy diets, a lack of physical activity, smoking and secondhand smoke and excessive use of alcoholic drinks.’’
Masters club is made up of young men and women from Anambra, who thought it wise to take their destiny into their hands with respect to healthcare.
“I truly commend what they have done by organising this health awareness campaign and inviting officials of the ministry of health to come and discuss certain pertinent health issues with them.
“We discussed exercises, non-communicable diseases like breast cancer, cancer of the lungs, prostate, diabetics and hypertension.
“The key thing we discussed is non-communicable diseases, because they are actually one of killer-diseases in Nigeria at the moment and we tried to make that known to them.’’
He noted that his ministry was working through some of the structures on ground to strengthen the Non-Communicable Disease aspect of the Department of Public Health/Disease Control.
The commissioner said that the ministry mandated the State Coordinator, Non-Communicable Diseases to oversee the programmes in the state and also inaugurated 21 Focal Persons across the 21 Local Government Areas (LGA’s).
“These are individuals whose jobs in LGAs are to be contact persons for non-communicable diseases.
“They will work through the structure at the Primary Healthcare Centres in order to identify people with certain diseases and to help us get our programmes and our designing down to the grassroots.
“We are designing a card to be known as `Akwukwo Ndu’ – Book of Life – and Ndi Anambra are expected to obtain the cards.
“This card will have columns for blood pressure, sugar, a person’s weight, heights and others. Each individual will have this card when visiting a healthcare provider.
“We encourage people to take this card to their Providers/Doctors once a month to get their blood pressure checked and the doctor will document all the information found.’’
He explained that the card would help the healthcare providers to make quick decisions and also to know the type of intervention that would be required for a particular patient.
The commissioner urged them to imbibe the culture of routine checks in their health status and also advised them to stop eating non balanced foods but `eat rightly and exercise rightly;.
Dr Ugochukwu Chukwulobelu, Director Medical Services informed them that the Ministry of Health was partnering the Nigerian Medical Association, Anambra chapter to end quackery and close down unlicenced hospitals.
Chairman of the Group, Mr Emeka Nwude said that the club, a fitness club, where the wellbeing of members were given special attention.
Mr Nwude explained that they deemed it necessary to create the awareness because of what was happening within the state and Nigeria at large.
“We do things without knowing what has befallen us; we say let’s create awareness so that people will be in the know of how to go about with their health conditions.’’
According to him, the commissioner narrowed down his lecture and sensitisation down to a layman to understand; we learnt a lot of things about healthy living.
He commended the commissioner for honouring their invitation and for educating them on non-communicable diseases and benefits of exercising.
Source: Anambra State Government