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Obaseki harps on healthy lifestyles to reduce cardiovascular diseases


Godwin Obaseki.<br />Photo: GovernorObaseki

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki yesterday canvassed sustainable awareness campaigns on the need for people to adopt healthy lifestyles in order to reduce cardiovascular diseases in the country.

He stated this during the commemoration of the World Heart Day organised by the World Heart Federation (WHF), a Geneva, Switzerland-based non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Obaseki stressed the importance for stakeholders, health workers, civil society organisations and NGOs to collaborate on sustaining awareness campaigns to sensitise the people on harmful lifestyles that expose them to cardiovascular diseases.

“As a government, we want to ensure that people are aware of how best to avoid lifestyles that expose them to cardiovascular diseases, which according to research, remain the leading cause of deaths and disabilities in the world,” he said.


He pointed out that the state government was putting the necessary health policies such as the Edo State Health Improvement Programme (Edo-HIP) in place to provide the people with the right environment to access support on cardiovascular-related health challenges.

“Government is also instituting the state’s health insurance scheme, and improving the investment climate to attract investors into the healthcare sector,” he added.

Obaseki added that his administration would continue to provide the needed structure to encourage more people to go for regular medical checkups and enable more people in rural and semi-urban areas to have easier access to medical centres and health professionals.

“With Edo-HIP, we intend to make the state’s healthcare sector more effective and efficient. We are making plans to have enough diagnostic centres with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines and Computed Tomography (CT) scan machines for basic diagnosis.

“There will also be centres for dialysis. However, even with the full complement of these, we need the people to know that they should also make healthier lifestyle choices so as prevent these ailments,” Obaseki said.

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