Health ministry inducts focal persons for Non-Communicable Diseases in 21 LGAs, organises workshop too
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query_builder September 15, 2020 19:39:22

By Chukwudi Nwauba  :

Awka, Sept. 15, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Ministry of Health has inducted Focal Persons in 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) into body’s to fight non-communicable diseases.

The ministry also organised a workshop on Non-Communicable Diseases for the inducted officers at the Conference Hall of the Ministry, Jerome Udoji Complex, Awka.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala urged the inducted officers to be good ambassadors of the state and the ministry at their places of work.

``You are to serve as contact persons on non-communicable diseases; you are also the eyes of the ministry so we expect that you discharge your duties to the benefits of the people.’’ 

Dr Okpala explained that the workshop was organised to help the focal persons to understand the seriousness of the fight against non-communicable diseases.

``Non-communicable disease is now a killer disease in Nigeria because everybody including partners was busy fighting communicable diseases thereby neglecting non-communicable diseases.

``Recent Study shows that people die more from non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetics, high blood pressure, hypertension and asthma.’’

He said that the State Coordinator NCDs would oversee the programme in the state as well as coordinate the newly inducted focal persons for optimal performance and for the ministry to achieve the desired result.

``They will work through the structures at the Primary Healthcare facilities to identify people with certain pertinent diseases for treatments.’’

Dr Uchechukwu Onyejimbe, Director Public Health/Diseases Control, made a presentation on the topic, ``Asthma, its burden on the people and Careers.

State Coordinator Non-Communicable Diseases, Mrs Stella Chiejina gave an overview of Non-Communicable Diseases while the NCDs Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Mrs Ada Egoh made a presentation on ``Data Collection/NCDs search. (MOI)