Nigerians have been urged to quit the habit of consuming excessive smoked foods such as, smoked fish, roasted corn, roasted plantain, yam etc, in order to defeat non-communicable diseases and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
The Managing Director, Integrated Medical Centre, Dr. Damilola Familoni who gave the advice acknowledged that this method of cooking these smoked foods are one the favourite delicacies for most Nigerians, but they are laden with carcinogenic (cancer causing) and prone to other disease risk factors which manifests much later in life.
Familoni therefore, stressed that one of the surest prevention methods against cancer, diabetes, hypertension and obesity was adopting a healthy lifestyle which includes healthy living.
In her speech at the celebration of AVON Health Management Organisation at Three and the launch of its online service in Lagos, the medical director explained the importance of educating Nigerians on the good and bad nutrition. According to her, creating awareness is key to solving the problem of health indices in the country.
The doctor said:
“For instance, anyone with Blood type O has no reason eating foods like plantain at all.
“Disease burden was becoming prominent in Nigeria, hence it was best to adopt healthcare provision that would make them spend less while getting adequate and appropriate diagnosis, treatment and management of their various health issues.”
Familoni insisted that through cheap health insurance policies, a majority of Nigerians living below poverty line can afford to maximally take advantage of healthcare provision. She urged organisations, governments and individuals to adopt this model in order to minimize the many fatal health issues in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer, AVON HMO, Mrs. Adesimbo Ukiri who also spoke at the ceremony said the launch of online service will enable Nigerians buy and enroll to health plans from the organisation’s website through mobile phones, laptops and tablets.
“When we started three years ago, our belief was that Nigerians from all walks of life should be able to access good quality healthcare services when they need it, without financial constraint leading to unnecessary complications and fatalities.
“With our health plans starting as low as N15,000 per year, we have indeed brought quality healthcare services to the average Nigerian. Subscription to an Avon HMO plan means that whenever a covered ill health or accident occurs, the state of one’s finances won’t matter as Avon HMO oversees the healthcare service delivery and foots the bill.”