Over 1,000 residents of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, have benefitted from a free medical outreach organised by the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt GRA to mark the 2022 World Heart Day.
The annual and global event, observed on September 29 every year, was designed to create awareness about the risk of death from heart-related diseases and highlight the importance of how to prevent heart diseases.
This year’s theme: “Use Heart For Every Heart”, highlights the goal to bring together people from across the globe to fight against cardiovascular diseases.
Speaking at during the medical outreach, which was organised in collaboration with Good Heart Medical Consultants, President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt GRA, Rotarian Ozumonu Gudu, expressed regrets that heart-related diseases were no longer for the elderly.
Gudu said: “The heart is a vital part of the body. The body cannot function very well without the heart. This is an annual event where we create awareness for you to check your hearts. It is this awareness that has kept some persons. It is through this awareness.
“Today heart related issues are no longer for the elderly. We now have people in the 40s having heart issues and even people below the age having heart issues. That is why we encourage to come for regular heart check up in order to prevent heart diseases.
“Talk to your loved ones to also check their hearts. Inform others, educate others on the need to have regular medical checkups.”