By Reuben Olita
The County Government of Busia in collaboration with other partners today conducted free screening for high blood pressure (Hypertension) and diabetes to residents of Teso South Sub County in commemoration of World Hypertension Day.
The event was held at Amukura Market where locals were educated on the conditions including cervical and breast cancer awareness.
The Deputy County Community Health Services Coordinator, Maryline Barasa, who represented the Busia Department of Health and Sanitation stressed the need for residents to visit health facilities to check their status regularly.
“Let us take the responsibility of knowing our status for purposes of getting early treatment when the diseases are detected”, she said.
Her remarks were echoed by the Amukura Sub County Hospital Administrator Boniface Odikor.
The Primary Integrated Care for 4 Chronic Diseases (PIC4C) project Administrator Busia and Trans-Nzoia Counties, Lillian Lusimbo said locals should take advantage of the free services provided to prevent these diseases.
Locals who benefited from the exercise commended efforts by the County Government and other partners in ensuring that they get health care services at the grassroot level.
“The free treatment gave us an opportunity to know our health status as pertains to the chronic diseases”, said Cornel Karani from Kaliwa Location.
The theme of World Hypertension Day 2022 was “Measure your blood pressure accurately, control it, live longer”