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Experts harp on early diagnosis to reduce chronic ailments in Nigeria


Medical experts have emphasised on the need for early, accurate and prompt diagnosis to reduce the rate of chronic diseases, which they said is fast rising in Nigeria.

They also called for adherence to best practices in the delivery of medical services to enable citizens seek quality healthcare in the country.They made the submission at the gathering of medical practitioners to deliberate on health issues affecting Nigerians, organised by Echolab Radiology and Laboratory Services held in Lagos.

The Chief Operating Officer, Echolab, Dr. Abimbola Jimoh, pointed out that early diagnosis is key to reducing the high rate of chronic disease among Nigerians, while she stressed the need to encourage people for regular medical checkups.

“Early diagnosis ensures that a disease is treatable and well controlled. But when you discover a disease when it has already damaged body organs, then the prognosis at that point is poor. For instance, renal disease has trends that should have been picked up earlier. That’s why we are on this campaign to encourage people to check themselves out early enough.

“Routine medical investigation is key. Such that diseases are picked out early and addressed quickly so the individual can have a good quality of life rather than allow complications,” she said.

Abimbola stated that Nigeria’s medical landscape is battling with infrastructural decay, which is one of the causes of inaccurate diagnosis, adding that diagnostic facilities must be scaled up to bridge, the gap by leveraging on technology to ensure prompt and accurate medical diagnosis for Nigerians.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the diagnostic centre, Dr. Benson Ayodele Cole, said technology driven facility is crucial in eliminating chronic diseases in Nigeria, noting that it is a manifestation of the company’s strategic partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), MAN Capital, and Integrated Diagnostic Holdings, to ensure optimum diagnostic services.


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