Health commissioner educates public on chronic diseases management
By Chukwudi Nwauba :
Awka, Nov. 5, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has educated the public on chronic diseases management, saying routine checks and early detection helps in the management of such diseases.
Dr Okpala while speaking on the ABS live radio programme in Awka noted that such diseases could only be managed.
The programme Nzuko Anambra entitled ``Management of Chronic Diseases in Virus Era’’, was also aimed at creating awareness and advocating for healthy living.
He explained that chronic diseases were conditions that usually lasted for months or longer and might get worse over time.
Such diseases tended to occur in older adults and could usually be controlled but not cured.
According to him, the most common types of chronic diseases are cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes and arthritis.
Others include Alzheimer disease and dementia, Asthma and Cystic fibrosis.
``Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication nor do they just disappear but can be managed.
``A chronic condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time.’’
He said that treatment of chronic illness came in many forms including surgery, physical therapy, psychological therapy and radiotherapy.
``The following can help to prevent chronic diseases, eating healthy food, regular physical activity, avoiding too much consumption of alcohol, regular screening and observing enough rest,’’ he said.
The commissioner, however, advised the public to continue to observe all the COVID-19 pandemic preventive measures and to be careful with what they consume so as to stay healthy.
Dr Collins Emeka, Chief Medical Director Gods-will Hospital Ebenebe, Awka North LGA, also participated in the programme and made good contributions.
Different callers within and outside the state called in to express their joys at the live radio broadcast. They hailed it as educative and useful. (MOI)