Lions Club offers free diabetes screening
By Babatunde Olorunleke
In a bid to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve quality of lives in Ondo state, the Akure Lions Club District 404 Topaz A1 Nigeria embarked on diabetes awareness, screening and outreach programme.
The event with over 200 beneficiaries was held at Isikan market.
While speaking at the event, the newly elected president of the club, Lion Zainab Idris NLCF explained that diabetes is a global epidemic affecting people all over the world.
She affirmed that diabetes can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth.
She said: “In most high-income countries, diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. Diabetes is expected to affect 629 million adults by 2045”, she emphasized.
Also speaking at the event, past District Governor Lion Tokunbo Jegede said that Lions Club is world largest service organization devoted to putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged.
He explained that diabetes and hypertension are some of the major killer diseases all over the world, adding that a lot of less privileged cannot afford to go to the hospital to have themselves checked and tested resulting to deaths.
Asked why market men and women are their target, Jegede said they discovered that the traders find it difficult to leave their shops and go to the hospital for check-up, noting that this prompted them to carry it to their doorsteps.
According to the District Global Service (DGST) Coordinator, Lion Koforowola Jegede, the reason for the sensitization is for people to be able to identify signs and symptoms of diabetes and for them to know the preventive measures.
A beneficiary, Mr Anthony Madi described the programme as wonderful, saying if the programme is held occasionally, it will save a lot of lives. He posited that his orientation has changed.”I am going home loaded and mindful of my diet and health”, he stated.
Another beneficiary, Mr Olumuyiwa Kayode expressed satisfaction with the programme, noting that the programme was educative.