It is a popular saying and reality that Health is Wealth. As part of service to humanity and health, The Association Of Medical Students, University of Lagos organized a medical outreach and depression screening for the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, students of the college and every worker in the community on the 7th of April 2017 to celebrate the “World Health Day”, themed ‘Depression Lets Talk’.
The outreach which held at the New Great Hall, CMUL, started at about 10am and was significantly supported by The Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Bernardo’s Pharmacy and Prof Caro Umebese. Other Organisation involved was Access bank, their resource persons delivered a lecture on “how to avoid financial depression in a recession” while they gave souvenirs to the attendees.
In total, there were 54 volunteers; where 4 people handled registration, 8 were in charge of measuring weight and height while 3 people calculated BMI, 3 people measured blood pressure, 4 people were at the blood glucose unit and 2 people did the RDT test, 3 people dispensed drugs at the pharmacy. There were also 3 doctors on ground for proper consultation, while the rest helped attendees with filling of the questionnaires to assess “Depression” in them, 2 other people wrote referrals to the Department of Psychiatry, CMUL/LUTH for people that had scores beyond “borderline clinical depression” and also counseled people on how to avoid depression.
In attendance at the outreach was about 114 people, which consisted of about 99% of young adults (21-45) with a few elderly people.
With reference to the Beck’s questionnaire score of assessing clinical symptoms of Depression, below was the cumulative result from the outreach.
70.2% of the population had a score of 1-10 (mood changes)
21.1% had 11-16 (minimal range)
1.8% had 17-20 (mild depression)
2.6% had 21-30 (moderate depression)
2.6% had 31-40 (severe depression)
0% had Over 40 and 1.8% left their questionnaires void.
All the people who scored 21-30 were between the ages 21-25 and people who scored 31-40 are of ages 19-30.
From the results; it was gathered that only a few people in the community were suffering from depression, others were just mood changes.
Speaking with the AMSUL Welfare Secretary, Abisola Ajayi, she said “AMSUL looks forward to future programs, outreaches and collaboration with more organizations to celebrate the world health day and many more”. As she also sent Appreciation to everyone would contributed in making the program a success -according to her, the list is endless – as they also look forward to making more impact in the college, university environment and the world at large.