On November 24, AUN Center offered free screening for hypertension and diabetes to students, staff and faculty members.
“Diabetes and hypertension are the two leading causes of death around the world; we care about our community that is why we are doing this screening,” said the Center’s Chief Administrator, Philip Eappen.
He added that early detection of diabetes and hypertension leads to easier cure and prevention. “When you don’t do checkups and you find out too late that you have diabetes or hypertension, their medications are usually lifelong, and in most cases not as effective.”
The screening is done every semester and sometimes twice in a semester. Ten to 20 percent cases of diabetes and hypertension can be detected from screening. “We do follow-ups for those who we notice have such cases, and for the students, we treat them for free,” said Mr. Eappen.
Diabetes is common in Africa because of the frequent consumption of carbohydrate-laden foods. Some of the employees who took part in the screening said the health education was a welcome idea. “I want to commend the AUN Health Center for coming up with this because this is something you go outside and pay to do, but here we get it for free. I hope they extend the checkups to cancer and HIV,” said Chiedozie Joseph, a staff member who took part in the screening.
Another staff member, Golfa Geoffrey, said, “My result is normal, but I appreciate the AUN Center because this is free.”
Those screened with observed abnormalities are then advised to return to the Health Center for medical counseling.
Reported by Nubwa Ibrahim