REMARKS BY ENGR. BABACHIR DAVID LAWAL, SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION AT THE FLAG OFF OF THE SCREENING EXERCISE TO COMMEMORATE THE 2016 WORLD HEALTH DAY ON 7TH APRIL, 2016
I am indeed delighted to address this briefing, organized to commemorate the 2016 World Health day, with the theme “Beat Diabetes Mellitus.” The theme is most appropriate because it focuses on an ailment that affects all of us in one way or the other. It is either we suffer from Diabetes or someone dear to us does.
I am informed that 2.8% of the adult population in our country is living with Diabetes. This figure, experts confirm, will further increase except we adopt healthy lifestyles that can limit drastically, the devastating effect of the ailment.
Diabetes is a disease that can be managed medically, if detected early. Therefore, regular screening is very important. We also know that it can be avoided, if we take adequate interest in the types of food we eat. This occasion, is organized to create the necessary awareness and convey the critical message that Nigerians need. I therefore urge the media to give the activities of today wide publicity, especially bearing in mind, the implications that a healthy society has for the social and economic development of any nation.
Let me also note with delight that apart from diabetes, this awareness exercise is extended to other killer diseases namely: hypertension, cervical cancer and obesity. I have also been informed that the Federal Ministry of Health will use the occasion to screen for the incidence of this diseases in a cross section of the populace. I urge that we all endeavor to take part in the screening exercise in view of its benefits.
With these remarks, it is now my pleasure and honour to declare open the screening exercise as part of activities to mark the 2016 World Health day.
Engr. Babachir David Lawal
Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
7th April, 2016.