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HEALTHY LIVING CAMPAIGN IN SAGAMU AND ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA

HEALTHY LIVING CAMPAIGN IN SAGAMU AND ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA

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The importance of healthy living cannot be overemphasized. There is a popular saying that a man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
It is said that he who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything. Healthy living should be a habit and over time,its positive effects on health become obvious.
Live healthy and less trips are made to the doctors. Live healthy and on the long run, it saves money.   Regular exercise and eating healthy are some components of healthy living and are easy to do.
All that is needed is determination. Eating healthy and regular exercise go a long way in preventing being overweight and obese. They are important aspects in the management of chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes.
With the importance of healthy living at the back of our minds, we at The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (NGDOC) decided to go on a healthy living campaign.

Randomly,we chose the ancient city of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State and Sagamu, a semi-urban local government area in Ogun State.

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The aim of this campaign was to interact with as many people as possible, have an idea of what they consider to be components of healthy living, understand their views, learn from them and impart some knowledge about healthy living as it relates to obesity and diabetes.
The people of Abeokuta were receptive and willing to share. Most importantly, they were willing to learn. We spoke to people individually and in groups,and I must say for me, the experience was fun and enlightening. Topics covered included Healthy eating and the importance of exercise.
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I spoke to a 65 year old grandmother who exercises regularly and eats healthy. Not looking bad for her age right?
We also talked about Diabetes and its types and we realized that a lot of work still needs to be done in raising awareness for diabetes.
We did try in our capacity to enlighten them as much as time would permit on how healthy living may on the long run reduce the risk of developing obesity and diabetes and how healthy living is important in the management of diabetes.
Most of them were all ears, and we were glad! Some people requested us to come back for another campaign in Abeokuta. They obviously understand than knowledge is power.
We at The NGDOC intend to take the healthy living campaign to as many places as possible. If you’d like us to visit a particular place, please let us know. We’ll be glad to come and say hi.
Good health isn’t something that can be bought.You can however increase your chances of having good health by living healthy.
Make a positive change in your lifestyle today. For more information you can contact us on thengdoc@gmail.com, follow us @theNGdoc and visit our website www.ngdoc.com
Odewale Halimah

MY MEANING OF DIABETES AND MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

MY MEANING OF DIABETES AND MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Since our last meeting with Omolade our relationship has improved drastically, with her mom attestating to the tremendous changes and her improved attitude to health.

So we asked her to reflect on how it has been to date (Her Journey so far) and she dropped us this letter.

Omolade with the NGDOC Team
Omolade with the NGDOC Team

 

MY MEANING OF DIABETES AND MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Diabetes to me is a disease that does not enable my body to provide insulin and does not enable my body to store glucose to glucogen Or A non-communicable disease that can only be transferred through traits or heredity. 

MY BRIEF EXPERIENCE OF THE DIABETES DISEASE
On the 13th of august 2012 I realised I am diabetic but because it was new to me and due to my worries all the time i am always saying that there is someone behind my condition and I am always putting myself into crisis, scared, thinking, crying and always running away from people.
When I met My Clinicians and the NGDOC Team this year, they explained a lot to me that many people around the both whites and blacks have diabetes and are living well so I need not to put myself into more crisis.

They said by taking my insulin regularly I will be preventing a lot of problems for myself and my family.
I now have become shy and so happy when I saw people from all over the world on the system, in the books and mobile phone. I realise I need to cope with my diabetes and leave the rest to God Almighty to take control of all.
I have hence begun to rejoice with all the choices of mine, thanks to my doctors and the NGDOC team.
Onafowokan Omolade
You can read our previous post on omolade here
If you know any Type 1CWD please contact us

We wish to thank the Paediatric Endocrinology Department of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital under the supervision of Dr Mrs Fetuga (Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist) for connecting us with Omolade.

 

HEALTH AND POLITICS

HEALTH AND POLITICS

Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. In humans, it is the general condition of a person’s mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
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World Health Organization

 

Health is of major concern to nations of the world. WHO and the member states strive hard to ensure this is achieved across board.  A major WHO goal is to improve equity in health, reduce health risks, promote healthy lifestyles and settings, and respond to the underlying determinants of health.
This among others are the goals expected to be followed by member states and organizations.

A meeting with Prof. Cees Th. Smit Sibinga was a real eye opener as we discussed the problems faced by developing nations and africa as a continent.
Prof Sibinga is a WHO expert involved in international short term consulting missions; medium and long term projects focused on the development of Transfusion Medicine in economically restricted countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa, Western Pacific and the Middle East.
Prof. Cees Th. Smit Sibinga and I
Prof. Cees Th. Smit Sibinga and I

A lot has been invested in terms of resource on health in the continent with little impact and Africa being a toast of many investors has to be self motivated towards adequate care especially in health for her citizens.

Our focus of discussion centered around blood transfusion practices in Africa (His area of expertise) and diabetes (my passion ),we realized that so much needs to be done to step our health practices up to conform to international standards especially in Nigeria.

Nigeria is a large country with great prospect and promising health policies but implementation has been a major hindrance to quality health care delivery.
The World Health Organization’s activities deals directly with member nations and organizations hence whatever agreement signed at the World Health Assembly is binding on all member nations and as such must be implemented, likewise any feedback given by the member nations must reflect the true state of health affairs in the member country as that would be the blue print guiding WHO activity in such country.

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So what happens inbetween agreements, implementation and feedback: The Politics of Health;

So many questions ranging from if the Member nations especially developing countries abide by the  agreements signed at the World Health Assembly; if they give the true state of health in their respective countries as a feedback to WHO?
These questions are endless but from the few minutes interaction with Prof Sibinga i realized that the problems are not as cumbersome as thought and the solution is within reach.

Prof Sibinga said: “When you vote, you exercise your authority not just to choose your favorite candidate to govern your affairs for a particular period but also to represent your interest within that same period’
So, it is not just in us as individuals or as a nation to vote for personalities we love or adore but we also need to vote for policies and adequate representation especially in health care delivery across board.

It is imperative to note that once we are misrepresented at the international level as against the true state of health affairs or when policies end only on the papers then we need not scream isolation by the international community when in real truth the world can only help those willing to help themselves.
Interesting to note is that topmost on the agenda at this year’s world health assembly is Non Communicable diseases (click here) among which is Diabetes which has affected over 347million people worldwide (about 50% of those with diabetes are yet to be diagnosed; More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries; WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030)

With all these knowledge at our fingertips it is important for all stake holders and health advocates to rise to the challenge of ensuring that proper health care policies and delivery are achieved at all levels of governance.
This is a clarion call to all health advocates especially at community level to also encourage the people to in addition to voting for personalities also consider policies that will make their health better and more secured.

We believe all governmental administrative structures from the community to national heads must be filled with people who stand for policies that will better the health and lives of the people
With this evolutionary mind set in view and in place we believe the African health care system will become more proactive.