La­gos res­i­dents get free goitre surg­eries

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

Forty eight res­i­dents of Bada­gry, La­gos Tue­sa­day ben­e­fited from a free goitre surgery pro­gramme in­sti­tuted by Gover­nor Ba­batunde Fashola.

Flag­ging -off the pro­gramme yes­ter­day at La­gos State Univer­sity Teach­ing Hospi­tal (LASUTH), Fashola as­sured that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would spon­sor the surg­eries of all in­fected Bada­gry res­i­dents. He said hence­forth, the state govern­ment would com­mence reg­u­lar screen­ing and surgery of res­i­dents suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease.

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tions by of­fi­cials of the Min­istry of Health re­vealed that some of the res­i­dents had been suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease for more than two decades. The gover­nor said that apart from car­ry­ing out the free surgery, ex­perts have also been de­ployed to the com­mu­nity to in­ves­ti­gate the likely cause of the dis­ease in or­der to find a last­ing so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

The Com­mis­sioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, urged ben­e­fi­cia­ries to in­form their friends or rel­a­tives suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease to come for surgery. The spe­cial ad­viser to the gover­nor on pub­lic health, Dr Ye­wande Adeshina, said goitre is eas­ier treated at an early stage, say­ing the oper­a­tion might not be nec­es­sary for those who re­port their cases on time. Dr Ade­hina said the ab­nor­mal func­tion­ing of the thy­roid gland in the neck re­sult­ing from io­dine de­fi­ciency could be cor­rected if in­fected per­sons re­duce in­take of foods like cas­sava.

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