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World Kidney Day: Edo May Adopt Compulsory Medical Test For Workers

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said that his administration is working on a plan to encourage the workers to undergo a medical test on an annual basis to ascertain their health status.

Obaseki, who stated this yesterday at the event to mark the World Kidney Day (every March 14), noted that early detection of diseases saves costs and lives.

He explained that “in the organised private sector, annual medical test is a standard practice and it provides current information on the workers’ health condition and status.”

He continued: “The only way to know if there are potential problems with your health is through a medical test. If there is a condition that poses a threat, you can spot it through tests and deal with it immediately. This way, you save yourself the agony, costs and other troubles that are associated with late detection of diseases.”

Obaseki said that his administration’s ongoing reforms in the health sector, particularly the establishment of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state and the health insurance scheme, would eliminate barriers and encumbrances to quality healthcare services in the state.

He said: “Our goal is to take quality healthcare services to the doorsteps of our people irrespective of their location so that sufferers of kidney disease and other ailments can easily access these centres for care.”

The World Kidney Day (WKD) is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). The day is set aside to raise awareness about the importance of the kidney and how to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and associated health problems worldwide.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes.

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