– Conducts Free Health Screening, Health Education in Okota, Lagos
To mark its 21 years anniversary, Troop Pharmacy & Stores Limited last Thursday, at its head office in Okota, Lagos, conducted a free health screening and health education programme, during which many residents of the area benefited from free eye screening, blood pressure check, lipid profile test, random/fasting blood sugar test, body composition monitor test and health counselling.
At the one-day event themed: “Troop – Providing Better Healthcare”, a physician, an ophthalmologist and pharmacists attended to people that came out for the exercise and also gave health talk to residents on how to maintain good health and prevent health problems.
Speaking with Pharmanews in an exclusive interview during the event, Pharm. Chizoman Emeje, managing director/CEO, Troop Pharmacy said although the company had always run free health screening for people in the community through the Troop Health Information Services, but they decided to make it big for the 21 years anniversary to ensure many more people in the community come out to enjoy the services.
She disclosed further that the health talk was to educate people in the area to imbibe the habit of going for regular health screening and not wait till they are sick before knowing their health status, adding that there are several health conditions that could be better managed if discovered on time.
She also noted that people who are living with chronic health conditions like diabetes should equally embrace the culture of regular test to know how they are faring with the medications they are taking and the treatment they are getting from physicians.
On the reason for screening people for glaucoma, the Troop boss said that eye problem is on the rise, noting that many people with the condition, who are on the verge of blindness unfortunately, do not know they have it. She asserted that many people with glaucoma are been discovered during screening, adding that community pharmacists can do a lot to help with health screening and health education in line with WHO’ recommendation.