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  • Updated: March 16, 2024

Economic hardship leading cause of diabetes, hypertension— Expert

Economic hardship leading cause of diabetes, hypertension—

The Consultant Physician at Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Prof. Godwin Onyebueke, has disclosed the increase in diabetes and hypertension cases is due to economic stress caused by hardship in the country.

Onyebueke, Leader Medical Outreach of Prof Benjamin Ozumba, former Vice-chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka, disclosed this in Nsukka on Saturday at Edem-ani Hospital Nsukka, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Ozumba Medical Outreach was one of the activities lined up by Ozumba to mark his retirement from civil service and his 70th birthday on March 21.

The team leader said from their findings in the medical outreach at Enugu and Nsukka, diabetes and hypertension recorded the highest cases and advised people to always go for regular check up.

“Some of the patients diagnosed of diabetes and hypertension are not even aware of having the problems.

People should always go for regular check up to know their health status.

“The increase in diabetes and hypertension may not be unconnected with economic stress caused by hardship in the country as many people now find it difficult to feed their families,” he said.

He commended Ozumba for the outreach which he said had positively impacted in the health of rural dwellers.

“I commend Ozumba whose adminstration in UNN as Vice-chancellor is remarkable and who is using his exit from civil service to attend to the health needs of people free of charge.

“Over 500 people have benefited from this outreach, including those we conducted surgeries free of charge.

“Last Saturday we were at Nkpoffia Obeagu Awkunanaw, Enugu South and today at Edem-ani; we have team of medical experts in various fields of medicine as well as enough drugs to treat people.

“We will follow up on all patients we conducted surgeries to ensure their quick healing,” he said.

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