By Ebele Egoh
ANAMBRA State Government in partnership with Society for Public Health and Social Development has distributed not less than 32 units of high blood pressure kits to indigenes of Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area.
The distribution was made at Awkuzu Civic Centre during the inauguration of Community Action Against Non-Communicable Diseases (COMAAND), by Anambra Commissioner for Health, Joe Akabuike.
Dr Akabuike, who was represented by the Deputy Director Pharmarcy, Mr Azubuike Nwizu expressed joy at the “Think Back Home philosophy”, demonstrated by the initiator of the project, who pledged government’s support.
Akabuike called on other public-spirited citizens of Anambra to emulate the humanitarian gesture, to affect lives, especially at the grassroots.
The Health Commissioner noted that regular blood pressure check in the hospitals and at home, would reduce risk of hypertension, which was the underlying risk factor for stroke, heart attack, kidney and other ailments.
In a keynote address, Consultant Cardiologist, University of Abuja, Augustine Odili, an indigene of Awkazu, said that non-communicable diseases were responsible for death of not less than 36 million people annually, world-wide.
Prof. Odili urged all participants that received the blood pressure kits to use them regularly since prevention would be better than cure.
In a goodwill message, Chief Executive Officer, JUHEL Pharmaceuticals, Dr Ifeanyi Okoye, who was represented by Mr Emeka Oguji, commended Odili for taking bold steps in waging war against hypertension in his hometown and promised to support him.
Dr Okoye who donated drugs to Awkuzu Primary Health Centre (PHC) to complement effort of the initiator of the project, urged the indigenes to access medical health services from the PHC.