Regular medical check-up ‘ll reduce sudden death -NMA Chairman
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Oyo State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Muyideen Olatunji has said regular medical check-up will prevent prevalence of diseases leading to sudden death in the society.
Dr Olatunji dropped this hint at Idi-Ishin area of Ibadan while declaring open a one-day free medical outreach organized by Precious Gem Medical Consult.
The NMA Chairman said it is unfortunate that “Nigerians go to the hospital only when they are sick which should not be and which is why people break-down suddenly and in most cases sudden death occur”.
According to the NMA Chairman, vehicle owners in the country don’t allow their vehicles to break down before they take them to the mechanics, saying, “it is unfortunate that the way people care for ordinary vehicles, they don’t care for their lives”.
“There are many silent killer diseases like hypertension, diabetes among others that in some instances do not give symptoms before they strike, but, if detected early through medical check-up can be managed and their impacts reduced or removed”, he said.
Dr Olatunji lauded the hospital’s management of the initiative as well as the members of the community that showed up for the exercise, asking them to cultivate the habit of visiting hospitals regularly so as to detect “when dangerous signs are coming”.
Initiator of the outreach, Dr. Mrs. Olusola Taiwo in a chat with journalists said the outreach was as a result of the need to create awareness that “most of the people are not health-conscious and only go to the hospital due to emergency only”.
She declared that the purpose of the outreach was to help people to control all those silent killer-diseases that on occasions do not show symptoms, noting that women in particular must at least visit hospital twice in a year for both cervical and breast cancer examinations.
Dr Taiwo while expressing satisfaction with the turn-out of people for the outreach, promised that the exercise would be held four times in a year advised government to organise much of such free medical outreaches to sensitize the people and from where they could be referred to hospital for treatment.
During the outreach, weight, height, blood sugar, dental examination and malaria parasite tests were carried out.