“Increase Blood Pressure Testing Awareness” -Dr. Eric Gbanlon cautions Liberian

By: Matthew H. Turry

The maxim of a former U.S. president John F. Kennedy saying “As not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” has been adopted by a young Liberian medical practitioner, Dr. Eric Gbanlon, who has been using his project, Dr. Eric Gbanlon Initiative to impact lives and give back to his community to make him what he is today.

Dr. Gbanlon who is an internist in the Department of Internal Medicine at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital ,  has  been using his organization for  the past 2 years to provide some intervention in District #4, Montserrado County in the areas of health, education and other endeavors..

Speaking to reporters over the weekend in Monrovia, Dr.  Gbanlon made emphasis on health and noted the Initiative is involved into medical outreaches to communities, market places, schools and other places conducting free blood pressure and blood sugar testing and treatment to save lives.

“We visited the Duport Road market to do a blood pressure testing, luckily we came across a lady whose  BP was very high that could lead to stroke, then immediately treated her and advised her on her health status”, he explained, adding “High blood pressure and blood sugar can result to hepatitis diabetes and even stroke”.

According to Dr. Gbanlon many people are falling prey to diabetes, hepatitis and the complication that associated to these including stroke. He stressed that there is a need for people to do the BP and the blood sugar test on a daily basis to be updated on their status. He added that one of the major causes of death is the high blood pressure and the blood sugar in Liberia and the world at large.

The young medical practitioner said the Dr. Eric Gbanlon Initiative is making impact by training medical students to be a great people in the society. He disclosed that in January 2021 the Initiative launched a skills training program which benefited 24 persons in various field of studies including Electricity, Plumbing and Catering among others.

It can be recalled that during the outbreak of the third wave of COVID-19, the Dr. Eric Gbanlon Initiative donated several medical items to the Shara Community in electoral district #4 Montserrado County. The assorted medical items were donated to help buttress the efforts of national government.

At the same time the organization through its CEO call on Liberians to take the COVID-19 vaccines and wear their mask to curtail the spread of the virus. He cautioned that Liberians should stop doubting, it is important to take the vaccines either the Johnson and Johnson or AstraZeneca to keep the nation safe he noted.

He also reassured his commitment that the Dr. Eric G. Gbanlon Initiative will impact the lives of young people by developing minds through skills training. “As a young man it is important to give back to the society, the Initiative will continue to work with the young people in the district and Liberia at large”, he noted.

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