In line with the 2017 World Diabetes Day with the theme, Women and Diabetes, the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Rivers State branch has called on Nigerians to go for regular check-ups for Diabetes, adding that Diabetes can be prevented.
The President elect of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Rivers State branch, Dr. Vetty Agala gave the advice during the Diabetes campaign in Port Harcourt adding that regular exercise reduces Diabetes.
“This walk is in celebration of World Diabetes Day. The Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Rivers state branch (MWAN) decided to walk the talk. We found out that women carry a huge burden of diabetes, women are carers, they are the ones that get pregnant and also look after the children. If the women are better informed the risk of diabetes reduces. Steps for preventing Diabetes is check your risks / get screened, eat healthy, and exercise just as we have walked from UST Round about down to Mile one market.
Dr. VETTY AGALA also said that the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Rivers State branch, (MWAN) is partnering with some facilities like the New Mile 1 Clinic, Orogbum health centre, Mini / Mile 3 health centre, Meridian Hospital, First Rivers Hospital, Potts Johnson health centre, Britwaite Memorial Specialists Hospital (BMSH) among others.
“If you are pregnant as a woman you can register in these facilities and we have free screening for diabetes and if you are found to have diabetes, we can cascade your management to the secondary level and to the tertiary level because we have workers that are trained to manage diabetes in order for us to have healthy babies and healthy mothers. Diabetes causes a lot of complications in pregnancy and outside pregnancy and we are also working in Khana, Ahoada, Okrika, Obio/Akpor LGAs”.
Also speaking, the representative of the International Federation of women lawyers Barr. KEMI OGUNNOKE also stressed on the need for regular check-ups. Continue reading