The Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University Abeokuta, Prof. Chinedum-Peace Babalola, has expressed the need for Nigerians to regularly engage in physical exercise to reduce cases of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) associated with African countries.
Babalola who is also a pharmacist made the call at the ongoing 2nd Annual International Conference of Nigeria Association of Foreign Trained Pharmacists (NAFTraPh) in Abuja.
The theme of the conference is- Non communicable diseases in Nigeria; the need for timely healthcare and public health professionals’ involvement and interventions.
According to her, non-communicable diseases which often lead to death in Nigeria had affected a wide range of the population, hence caution must be taken to reduce their spread through regular exercise.
“The burden of Non-Communicable Diseases was thought to be a problem linked only to affluent countries, however, evidence has indicated that the problem affect developing nations more than the developed ones.
They include illnesses like diabetes mellitus, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal disorders.
The impact is greatest on the poor countries of Sub-Saharan Africa of which Nigeria occupies a significant position.
This is because Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries are undergoing epidemiological transition,” Babalola said.
She said that the pattern of food consumption was responsible for the trend, adding that, there was a global inertia at curtailing the rising trend of NCDs.
Babalola said that the menace of NCDs could only be fought through a strong healthcare system with well-trained and equipped health professionals.
She said NCDs competencies and social accountability should be part of every health professional’s training curriculum.
Babalola said that for the country to reduce the NCDs burden, the healthcare system must be strengthened in an holistic manner that would accommodate the primary healthcare system as the entry point.