The Ondo State Government has commenced sensitisation of residents on non communicable diseases in its demonstration to the provision of effective and qualitative health care.
Dr Wahab Adegbenro, the state's Commissioner for Health, who declared the programme opened, said it became necessary, because the diseases had been neglected but are silent killers, which cause about 70 per cent of deaths worldwide.
Adegbenro emphasised that these diseases though non infectious, and can't be transmitted from one person to the other, it causes over 40 million deaths every year in the world and are more rampant in low and middle income countries like Nigeria.
He highlighted the most common of these diseases, which could last for a long time to include: cancer, cardiovascular disease such as hypertension and diabetes.
The health commissioner explained that the causes of the non communicable diseases are: combination of genetic, psychotically and environmental factors with such risk factors as unhealthy diets, lack of physical activities, smoking and excessive alcohol intake.
According to him, these diseases are more associated with older people but about 15 million out of the 40 million annual deaths occur among people of between ages of 30 and 69, and more rampant in communities where preventive health is lacking.
He, therefore, urged residents to take advantage of the various government programmes geared at availing them access to qualitative and affordable healthcare and make routine and regular check up a life style as this would safeguard their health.
The commissioner promised that the awareness creation and free screening programme would become more regular and those that tested positive would be referred for onward treatment in hospitals.
Source: Voice of Nigeria