Reps Advise Airport Over Blood pressure, Sugar Level Checks 

By Kowiat Adepoju

The House of Representatives has advised the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to make necessary arrangements for the provision of medical amenities to prevent untimely death resulting from High blood pressure and diabetes in the country. 

Moreso, the House urged the Ministries of Aviation and Health to create a synergy and liaison with relevant healthcare experts and bodies to make provision for high blood pressure and sugar level check desk at various airports and local clinics in the country. 

It further advised that provision should be made for competent and qualified staff in the Health parlance who are trained to accurately measure blood pressure and sugar levels, provide basic counseling, and refer individuals to appropriate medical service, if necessary be put in place at the desk. 

This resolution was a result of the amendment and adoption of a motion moved by Hon. Kalejaiye Adeboye Paul representing Ajeromi/Ifeloju federal constituency of Lagos State at Plenary yesterday. 

Kalejaye while moving the motion, commented that air travel can be quite challenging for passengers coupled with the potential health risk that comes with long flights and unstable environmental conditions making it important to prioritize the health of individuals going through the airports.

"He said, "By establishing free high blood pressure and sugar levels check desks at all airports, we can promote early detection and preventive care for conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

"Regular monitoring of these vital health parameters will enable travelers to seek medical intervention and prevent potential complications; the provision of these check desks will demonstrate our commitment to public health promotion."

Adopting the motion, the House ordered the committee on Aviation ( when constituted) to ensure compliance.

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