Some of the tests included blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI).
Residents of Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State, on Tuesday trooped out en masse to benefit from the free health screening exercise organised by the state.
The exercise was aimed at reducing deaths caused by Non-Communicable Diseases, especially hypertension and diabetes, as well as breast, cervix and prostate cancers.
The exercise was tagged ‘’First Statewide Wellness Health Week Awareness and Screening Programme’’.
Some of the free medical tests included blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), diabetes test, breast examination and cervical cancer screening.
Franca Udogwu, Supervisor, Health Department, Isolo LCDA, commended the large turnout, adding that health consciousness was key to healthy living.
“The large turnout gives one an idea of how much this gesture by the state government is welcome by the people.”
“It is also a rare opportunity for a lot of people,” she said.
A resident, Yinka Akinsade, thanked the government for organising the free health screening.
“A lot of people are going about with serious ailments because they cannot afford to pay for medical check-up to determine their health status.”
“This exercise by the Lagos State Government will help a lot of people know their health status and seek for help on time– before it is too late,” she said.
Another resident, Gbemileke Somorin, an engineer, said it was important to get screened, even when one was feeling perfectly healthy.
“Health screening helps to foster early detection and treatment; and a good control of the condition can result in a better outcome and lowers the risk of serious complications,” he said.
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