LAPO Screens 13,989 Persons for Tropical Diseases

LAPO has enjoined Nigerians to engage in preventive health care including regular physical exercise and medical checkup, eating balanced and nutritious diet, receive immunisation against certain diseases and avoiding smoking.

Health Manager, Dr. Ayobami Honestus Obadiora who gave the advice said the organization screened 13,989 community members including clients of LAPO Microfinance Bank for common ailments including blood pressure, blood sugar, hepatitis, HIV and malaria between August and September, 2018. Persons with special cases were referred to government-approved health centres for treatment.

He stated that early detection of health conditions through regular medical checkupcan be life-saving, adding that health counselling and testing have always been a major component of LAPO’s health intervention programme.

Dr. Obadiora expressed LAPO‘s commitment to the prevention and management of tropical diseases, noting that health counselling and testing have always been a major component of LAPO’s health intervention programme.

The LAPO Health Manager attributed significant reduction in self-medication and other forms of drug misuse in target communities to the public health sensitization programmes organized by LAPO, insisting that rural dwellers are more vulnerable to diseases due to ignorance and unhealthy living practices.

Dr. Obadiora encouraged pregnant women to demand Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) of malaria twice during pregnancy and thrice in special cases as well as obtain free anti-malaria drugs and nets at designated public health facilities.

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