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Ogun Launches Campaign Against Pre-Eclampsia
« on: January 30, 2014, 09:56:39 AM »
 The Ogun State government has launched a campaign towards preventing pre-eclampsia disease among pregnant women across the state.

 State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, while speaking during the official launch of the Community Level Intervention for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) programme in Abeokuta, said the state government had designed the programme to increase the knowledge and understanding of pregnant women in the community on how to prevent the disease.

 Soyinka said pre-eclampsia,  which is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in Nigeria presently, causes a high rise in blood pressure and failing kidneys, noting that "it is  an obstetric condition that occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman which is characterised by high blood pressure."

 He assured the people that "the state government would leave no stone unturned at providing good and qualitative health care delivery to the people of Ogun State not only at preventing clip but also in every other aspect of health issues in the state."

 Declaring the programme open, Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Olatunde Okewole pointed out that the disease kills at least a pregnant woman every 11 hours, saying that a pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia experiences body system damage such as kidney failure, lung disorder, high blood pressure among others.

 In his presentation, the Principal Investigator Officer for the programme, Prof. Olalekan  Adetoro explained that pre-eclampsia is now a common disease in Nigeria that  could lead to death in pregnancy, pointing out that its causes could be traced to poor health infrastructure, limited resources and inadequate  health personnel.

 Also speaking, Professor Peter Von of PI Pre-Empt University of British Columbia, Van Couver, Canada said over 287 out of 100,000 pregnant women die through the diseases, saying that pre-eclampsia symptoms is not limited to low or high blood pressure alone but can also cause hypertension and paralysis of half of the body system.

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Ogun Launches Campaign Against Pre-Eclampsia
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