A voluntary
organization in the vanguard of saving lives, Philag Foundation on 20th of May,
2013 visited the office of Ika South Local Government Educational Authority
situated within the premises of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Agbor uUnit, to
give the staff free medical talk and screening for hypertension and diabetes.

Delivering a
health talk, the founder, Mr. Ujedibie Oyenka defined hypertension as a silent
killer disease which results from increase in blood preasure. He said that in
most cases, the disease does not show any sign or symptoms, hence the need for
people to check their blood pressure at regular interval.

He said diabetes
which is a rise in blood glucose level, rising above 65-110mg/dl normal range
for fasting blood glucose, adding that it can also lead to hypertension.

Mr. Onyenka
noted that a diabatic patient if not properly taken care of is at the risk of
becoming hypertensive. He also revealed that other complications of diabetes
and hypertension include stroke, heart failure, diabetes retinopathy, diabetes
neuropathy and nephropathy.

He advised the
staff to always check their blood glucose level at regular intervals.
Immediately after the health talk, staff who participated in the lecture were
screened as those found to be needing medical treatment were referred to the
Central Hospital, Agbor.

Speaking with
Ika Weekly reporter, the chairman, Local Government Educational Authority, Ika
South, Comr. J. Amayo expressed appreciation for the visit of the medical team.
He said the team is doing very good humanitarian job.

He also said
that some complicated health issues which was unknown to them have been
revealed by the team.

He thanked them
for the health talk and also commended them for the screening. He enjoined
other good citizen of Ika South to take a clue from Philag Foundation to make
life better for residents in Ika South. He also advised Ika indigenes to create
time to know about their state of health and not wait until they are struck
with illness before going for treatment.

Also speaking,
Comr. Money Oluchukwu, chairman, Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) Ika South
unit, noted that the health talk has shown them the importance of knowing about
their state of health. He thanked the team and urged them to continue with
their good work. He further advised beneficiaries to adhere to every
instructions given to them by the medical team.   

his part, Comr. Iyeke Sunday, secretary, NASU, Agbor unit, stressed that the
programme is a welcome development for his union and therefore encouraged Ika
people to be careful and also care about their health in other to avoid

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