Forty six communities in the Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State on Sunday received free screening on diabetes, hypertension and other ailments.
The screening was conducted by the University of Bénin Teaching Hospital in partnership with Sanofi Pharmaceuticals.
The exercise, which held at the UBTH annex hospital at Udo community, was part of the activities that marked the World Diabetes Day.
Speaking at the event, the Chief Medical Director of the UBTH, Dr Darlington Obaseki, told residents that expert medical personnel had been deployed in the UBTH annex to provide quality health care in rural communities.
He said the diabetes and hypertension clinic built at the annex of the hospital in collaboration with Sanofi would curb the movement of people with diabetes and related ailments from the rural areas to Bénin City.
The General Manager, Sanofi Nigeria-Ghana, Mrs Folake Odediran, noted that the growing burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes was a major public health concern.
She said, “Diabetes is not only a health problem but also a development challenge. Diabetes forces many people and families into poverty due to catastrophic expenditures on treatment. It also impacts quality of life and undercut productivity.