Free diabetic and hypertension screening in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State, in the southern part of Nigeria. This community based screening Program will be carried out among 500 adults aged 16 years and above who are residents of these rural communities and also given free medicine to the first 500 persons that come.
Hypertension and diabetes are among the leading cause of the burden of non-communicable diseases in our community. The World Health Statistics 2012 report that one in three adults worldwide, has a raised blood pressure - a condition that causes around half of all deaths from stroke and heart disease while one in 10 adults has diabetes. Hypertension is the commonest co-morbidity of diabetes and verse versa. Both conditions exert a huge financial burden on individuals, families, communities.
Early detection is the key to solving these illnesses, We are embarking this FREE SCREENING The rising prevalence of hypertension and diabetes is assuming an epidemic level in our communities in southern Nigeria. There is an urgent need for intensive health education and community surveillance programs targeted at rural communities in order to achieve prevention and control of these non-communicable diseases in Nigeria.
Continuous efforts should be made to raise awareness about screening for illnesses through health education in rural communities to prevent a rise in the prevalence of the condition because most people are not aware that they have the disease. This Screening will raise an awareness on the rising burden of hypertension and DM in rural communities in Edo State, Nigeria. This will serve as a useful tool in the planning of intervention programs aimed at the control of these non-communicable disease