One hundred and thirty people from Sabon Gari, Mado Community of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State have benefited from a free health screening by a Non-Governmental Organization.
The exercise conducted by Heart Aid Trust in collaboration with Niche Relief Legacy Foundation was aimed at addressing early signs of heart related diseases and other sicknesses with the aim of addressing them.
The screening was in different categories as people from ages 18 to 40 and pregnant women of all ages had a total screening and people age 40 and above were screened of Blood Pressure (BP), Body Mass Index (BMI) and general screening.
During the screening and subsequent review by a team of Consultants from Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, those who were confirmed with Rheumatic heart disease and other heart related cases were referred to the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH for proper treatment.
Speaking during the screening, a medical physiologist, Yali Eugene Timothy of Heart Aid Trust, stressed the importance of heart to the human existence and advised people to be taking good care of their hearts by eating healthy food and balance diet.
He also cautioned people to stop self medication and always watch their weight and do more of exercising.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of Niche Relief Legacy Foundation, Mr. Yohanna Duwara noted that the exercise is aimed at providing an avenue for residents of the community to check the functionality of their hearts as many people may not know that they have heart diseases.
During the exercise, leading Pastor of Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN LCC Sabon Gari Mado, Rev. Bulus Badung who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, appreciated the two NGOs for the service and pray God to reward their kind gesture.
The two NGOs are already mapping out plans for the next free exercise in other community as some communities have requested the free services for their people.