Governor Rauf Aregbesola
Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
As part of efforts to reduce the spread of Diabetes in the country, the Nigerian Medical Laboratory Students Association of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho has concluded arrangements to conduct free diabetes test for the people of Osun state.
The decision, according to the Public Relations Officer of the association, Mr Adesanya Adeniran was to curb the spread of diabetes amongst the young and old individuals in the country and the state in particular.
Adeniran who disclosed that the association will collaborate with other sister chapters across the universities in the South West geo political zone to undertake the task, declared that diabetes was an endemic disease which cut the life span of people short.
He said the free test would be conducted during the Sixth South Western Biomedical Health Week to be hosted by the LAUTECH chapter of the association in Osogbo from 11th to 18th November this year. According to him, the free diabetes test is part of the association’s social responsibility to the society, saying a good number of people in the country are suffering from the deadly disease.
He noted that “the test becomes imperative going by our observations from last years.’ event, from the free screening exercise and sensitization carried out in the Oshogbo metropolis which indicated that the younger generation is at more risk when compared with the elderly also coupled with the low awareness of this non-communicable disease among the younger ones.”
He added that “this year’s event aims at preventing diabetes among the young people through education. We believe that the youths are the future leaders, hence they must have access to best attainable state of health so as to make the world a safer place for all.”