Foundation Takes Medical Outreach to Somolu against Non-communicable Diseases
By Rebecca Ejifoma
Non-governmental Organisations like Health Proactivists Initiative (HPI) have continued to canvass healthy living and fight against non-communicable diseases through medical outreaches and sensitisation in low-income communities in Nigeria, and Africa.
During its last health empowerment programme at Wright Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) Somolu, Lagos State, about 70 residents received free medical tests and medications.
At the outreach, the Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Marietta Imadojiemu, said one of the pillars of HPI is strengthening health systems across communities in Nigeria and Africa.
And with the recent community checkup project, HPI and its team saw the need for increased knowledge, tools, and medications to keep the residents healthy.
According to Imadojiemu, tests carried out were hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and visual acuity. “We plan to reach five communities, and screen 1,500 adults this year.”
Earlier, HPI met with some of the leaders of the community, trained some staff of the PHC, and enlightened the health workers on symptoms that necessitates immediate referral to a secondary or tertiary facility where specialist care for NCDs exists.
“We do follow up that must trigger immediate referral to secondary care, ways we can collaboratively and sustainably fight NCDs in the community like encouraging registration for a health insurance scheme among residents within the community,” Imadojiemu listed.
HPI further donated items like sphygmomanometer, glucometer, a pack of test strips, antihypertensive medications, oral hypoglycemic drugs, and ancillary medications like antimalarials.
Others include notebooks for people living with hypertension and diabetes to record their numbers for effective follow up.
Now, a volunteer and Nutritionist, Uju Onuorah, encouraged residents, especially the elderly, to consume more fruits for healthy living.
She implored them to embrace homemade juice more than carbonated drinks. “You can match watermelon for your juice or orange or other fruits. Don’t forget to consume more water, too. It aids digestion and helps the system.”