Lagos: Rotary Club raises alarm on increase in Cardiovascular diseases


The Rotary Club International recently marked their Rotary Service Day and Rotary Club of Lekki phase 1, District 9110 joined the rest of their members globally.

To celebrate the day, they took to the streets of Lekki, Lagos state to sensitize Lagosians on the benefits of taking care of their health and a clean environment.

The awareness campaign which took off with a few kilometres walk from the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy all through the Admiralty Road, Lekki saw celebrities and Nollywood actors like Fred Amata, Keppy Ekpeyong and others in participation.

In determination, Rotarians who also defied the early morning rain came out in large numbers with their family members to join in the programme after which, a health talk health was given. Their focus was on the high level of cardiovascular diseases as it affects Nigerians today.
Speaking at the occasion,

Dr.Akunkunmi Michael noted that high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases have become prevalent due to the high level of stress in Lagos State.

He said “Findings have shown that in Lagos, out of those above 30 years, one out of two has high blood pressure which makes it 50 to 60% in Lagos. But in Ekiti, the prevalence of blood pressure is just about 20 to 30%.The stress in Lagos and the stress in Ekiti cannot be compared.

People leave their houses 4 a.m or 5 a.m in Lagos to go to work while in Ekiti state, you can leave for the office by 7a.m but still be able to get to work. So what that means is that more people will die of cardiovascular diseases in Lagos than in Ekiti.

There is nothing we can do about it, all we can do is to maximize our stay in Lagos. He cautioned Lagosians on the need to manage stress and enjoined them to live a healthy lifestyle.

According the him, prevention is better than cure.  He stressed the need for a daily exercise routine, health walks, a healthy diet and regular check-ups.  He also advised the attendees against smoking as it damages the internal organs in the body and also reduce alcohol intake.

Change-maker President of Rotary Club Lekki Phase 1, District 9110, Ifeoma Anieze Corona stated that the reason for the commemoration of the service day was to create awareness on the need for healthy living.

“This is a Rotary Day of Service where we call on Rotarians, families and friends to participate in this project today. We also use the opportunity to create awareness on the importance of keeping the environment clean. It is very important that people go on walks even if it is for 30minutes and as you try to keep ourselves healthy, there is  also the need to ensure that our environment is clean.”

Past Assistant Governor, Kayode Aderinokun described the Rotary Club as a collection of people mostly professionals and businessmen who have committed themselves to doing good in the world.
” We decided to do a health walk and a health talk. And on our Rotary walk, we included sanitation. So you could see us picking up all the debris on the road so that we can keep our environment cleaner and that is a bigger part of health management.”

Past District Governor, Dr.Tunji Funso calling on well meaning Nigerians to participate in the activities of the Rotary Club added that “One of the ways to take care of the heart is by doing good. Doing good to others makes you feel good and when you feel good, you are able to live longer and healthier.”


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