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Non-communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases are responsible for the greatest morbid-mortality the world over. The flagship disease, hypertension is galloping with rates outstripping our capacity in sub-Saharan Africa to deal with it and its complications. Prevention therefore is the way to go; and awareness and identification are the starting points. This is what you have set out to do by this highly commendable community service. Research has shown that children who experience stress early in life tend to live with stress and automatic dysfunction all their lives; hence heightened risk for cardiovascular diseases. Your home is part of a country that was between 1967 and 1970; according to Prof. Chinua Achebe which faced extreme hunger and stress. The children of the time faced stress ― hunger, displacement from their homes and psychological dysfunction; which according to research fuel cardiovascular diseases in the middle ages. The rates in the area as expected will be unprecedented, especially in the now economically vibrant segment of society. It is therefore thoughtful of you, and a manifestation of great insight to embark on this journey. May God be with you as you step out on this landmark exercise. It is my hope that this action of yours and your partners ( Society for Public Health and Social Development) will trigger similar actions in other parts of formal Eastern region and Nigeria at large. You have done well!

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