Specialist Hospital Offers Free Medical Screening, Drugs To Journalists In Nasarawa

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Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia,  on Wednesday offered free medical screening and treatment to 50 Journalists in Nasarawa  state.

Dr Hassan Ikrama, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the state-owned specialist hospital, said the excercise was  part of the management’s effort toward encouraging people to imbibe the habit of regular medical checks.

Ikrama noted that global attention had shifted to preventive rather that curative health service delivery, hence the need for regular screening.

According to him, most of the health challenges affecting the people were preventable or could easily be cured when detected early.

He said the hospital, as part of its 2020 goal,  had concluded plans to intensify medical outreaches on importance of medical screening across the state.

“The media is the most veritable tool for  these engagement, hence the need for us to start the screening  with them.

“We believe that when the journalists partnering with the hospital know their health status, they would be in a better position to pass the message on the importance of screening to the people, ” Ikrama added.

The Chief Medical Director advised people, especially adults above 40 years to always go for regular medical screening to avert serious health emergencies.

Responding, Mrs Juliana Ofoku, chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Nasarawa state council thanked the management of DASH for the gesture.

Ofoku said the exercise would go a long way toward improving the wellbeing of journalist in the state as most of them are often too busy to go for medical checks.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the free medical outreach featured screening for high blood pressure, Hepatitis, HIV, diabetes among others as well as administration of drugs to the benficiaries.


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