Save your health through lifestyle modifications– Doctors advise Nigerians
NNN: Two medical practitioners have urged Nigerians to save themselves from preventable medical conditions and diseases through lifestyle modification.
The doctors made the appeal during the eighth edition of the Gbolahan Olusegun Yishawu (GOY) Free Eye Healthcare Programme in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the program, which started on June 13 is organized by a Lawmaker, Mr. Gbolahan Yisahwu, representing Eti-Osa Constituency 02 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, will end on Friday, June 24, 2022.
The activities taking place include free consultation and eyeglasses, cataract surgery for the first 10 cases, eye pressure check and acuity test, and blood pressure test.
One of the practitioners, Dr Nofisat Yunus, who expressed concern over the increase of high blood pressure among Nigerians, said poor lifestyle choices and the economic situation in the country were to blame for the increase.
Yunus, one of the volunteer doctors at the programme and a graduate of the University of Jos, said many Nigerians were not aware of their blood pressure because they did not go for regular check-up.
‘’So far in the programme, I have examined over 100 patients who have showed signs of high blood pressure.
‘’So, I think majority of our population need to modify their lifestyle; I know the country is tough at the moment; so a lot of people are stressed out which is causing elevation of their blood pressure.
‘’Some of the people examined do not know that they have high blood pressure; so I advised them to visit the hospital for proper treatment, ‘’ she said.
Yunus advised people to comply with their doctors’ prescriptions and ensure they were regular with hospital visits and medications.
She also urged people who were above 40 years old to eat more of fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken, and to reduce beef in their meals, and drink lots of water.
‘’Also, they need to exercise regularly, at least between 30 and 45 minutes, three times in a week and reduce salt intake.
‘’These will help them live a well-balanced lifestyle including maintaining a healthy blood pressure, ‘’ she told NAN.
Another practitioner, Dr Gerald Chapele, a Senior Optometrist at a Lagos-based eye care centre, Aions Vision and Healthcare, said many patients presented cases of cataract and short-sightedness at the programme.
According to him, six of the cataract patients examined will receive free surgery due to the maturity, while others would receive some other treatments.
‘’We have seen cases of cataract, shortsightedness, glaucoma (irreversible blindness), eye infections and allergies.
‘’We have referred some of them to the hospital for further treatment, while six of the cataract cases will receive free treatment, ‘’ he said.
Chapele also said that many patients who had systemic conditions like hypertension and diabetes might be unaware until they went for eye check ups.
‘’We advise people to take care of their eyes and ensure that they visit a proper eye clinic; they should also avoid all sorts of poor practices such as putting harmful substances in their eyes.
‘’Eye diseases can be prevented when people do the needful.
“People should practise good hygiene and develop the habit of regular check ups, precisely, go for annual check up to avoid eye diseases or conditions,‘’ Chapele said.
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