Nigeria embarks on massive screening against

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of Nigerians have undergone screening in the wake of an outbreak of diseases in the West African country.Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, spearheaded the exercise in the central Benue State.About 3 500 people have been screened at the outreach for various conditions including, diabetes, hypertension, malaria as well as breast and cervical cancer, with support from the Marie Stopes international organization.The Benue government collaborated with Marie Stopes and Mrs Buhari’s Future Assured organisation in screening for HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis  and malaria.Drugs were given out freely to all patients diagnosed with ailments and referrals to all whose cases could not be handled on site were made.Over 2 500 school children were dewormed and given toothbrushes and toothpaste to encourage oral hygiene.The medical outreach was the ninth with similar exercises held in Adamawa,Calabar, Enugu, Katsina, Kogi, Nassarawa, Ogun and Oyo States.“The objective of the outreach is to imbibe the culture of medical checkups, to enable people live longer and healthier lives,” said Buhari. Nigeria is afflicted by some disease outbreaks, most devastatingly,meningitis that has claimed over 1 000 people in recent months.President Buhari is in the United Kingdom for treatment of an undisclosed,recurring illness.

– CAJ News

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