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DELTA State commissioner for energy, Engr. Jonathan Ukodhiko at the weekend reiterated the need for people to safeguard their health, to avoid hypertension and diabetes.
Describing the ailment as the silent killer of our time, he urged everyone to be healthy by ensuring constant health safety measures.
Ukodhiko made the call during the 2021 Alumni lecture of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Isoko Chapter, held at Oleh, Isoko South local government area of Delta State, on the topic; “Combating the Unholy Alliance of Hypertension and Diabetes in our time”.
He stated that with the surge of hypertension and diabetes in recent times, a lot of people have died suddenly, adding that many individuals are not aware of the symptoms which eventually lead to stroke and death.
Ukodhiko urged everyone to take the issues of heath seriously and ensure medical check–up from time to time.
“If you have any issue of high blood pressure or diabetes, manage it properly to ensure lifelong expectancy”, he said.
Also speaking, the chairman of Isoko North local government area, Hon. Christian Iteire corroborated Ukodhiko and said, “the lecture gave participants the knowledge of the ailment and how to manage it”, noting that a lot of persons are suffering the sickness but don’t know how to manage it.
Iteire maintained that it’s important to avoid hypertension and diabetes through abstinence from bad habits of drinking and smoking, which according to him can sustain the individual to lifelong expectancy.
The guest lecturer, Dr. (Barr.) Paul Owhe, commissioner representing Isoko nation in DESOPADEC said, “most times there are no symptoms and there are no known cause of the elevated blood pressure of 180 / 110mmhg, which can be regarded as severe hypertension”.
He stated that “many patients indicate signs of headaches or symptoms of complication of the disease as heart failure or stroke” and urged the people to ensure the main trust of management of hypertension through the use of anti – hypertensive drugs to control the blood pressure.
Dr. Owhe stressed that the management is for life time as there is no known cure for hypertension, noting that life style medications are very important in the management. He stated that hypertension is a silent killer as vital target organs are damaged if the blood pressure is not controlled.
The commissioner maintained that, “diabetes mellitus in a metabolic disease causes high sugar level as a result of relative absolute lack of insulin”. He said, hypertension and diabetes in individuals pushes that patient towards state of serious morbidity or even mortality.
Dr Owhe cautioned on good life style that includes the food we eat, what we drink or smoke and the nature of our work, adding that exercise helps achieve better control of blood sugar and blood pressure. He noted that exercise gives a feeling of wellbeing and happiness.
The highlight of the programme was the presentation of gift to the Alumni lecturer just as the Bishop of Anglican Communion Oleh Diocese, Bishop John Aruakpor, represented by Ven. Oziwele Robert, Hon. Emmanuel Okoro, Chief Felix Ofou, board chairman Delta Broadcasting Service Asaba, Professor Amos Egboko, members of University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Isoko, Ughelli and Warri chapter among others attended the event.
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