From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
Nigerians across the nation have been reminded of the need for occasional medical check-up so as to prevent terminal diseases and sickness that are too common in our society today.
Dr. Celestine Akpan of Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health proffered the advice while addressing staff of Ethical and Attitudinal Re-orientation Commission (EARCOM) at the EARCOM headquarters in Uyo metropolis.
“It is only in a sound health that you can execute your duties effectively and efficiently to justify equal job for equal pay,” he said.
Akpan, who is a deputy director of medical services in the ministry, said the advice was necessary due to observable trend that many civil servants do not go for occasional medical check-up in order to know their states in prevailing failler diseases.
The Deputy Director who spoke on hypertension, diabetic, sickle cell and high blood pressure, noted that ailments could be controlled or managed if diagnosed early, or prevented as the case may be.
He listed the immediate cause of hypertension to include high salt intake, genetic predisposition, increase stiffness in the arteries, among others.
He advised that once hypertension is diagnosed, the patient should be committed to the medications as prescribed by the physician.
Dr. Akpan warned that medication to lifestyle need to change, saying that, smoking, intake of alcohol need to be discontinued so as to manage the disease.
He therefore urged them to avail themselves of the many health facilities the government has provided for the treatment of patients.
Executive chairman of EARCOM, Deaconess Christy Obot, thanked the health team for the sensitisation programme to remind the workers on the need to be health conscious so as to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.
She appealed to them to come back for eye tests for workers in EARCOM