It is foolhardy for young people to spurn calls to undergo regular health checks, thinking it is a preserve of older folk. The World Health Organisation has been shouting from the rooftops that half of the mental health problems in adulthood have their onset during or before adolescence.
WHO estimates that 1-in-5 adolescents experience mental and behavioural problems in any given year.
It is a pity, then, that only a few young men turned up last week for screening at the ‘MwananchiAfyaCamp’ that was jointly organised by Mwananchi Communications Ltd, the Aga Khan Hospital and CCBRT.
It was sponsored by KCB Bank, Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC), CRDB Bank, Liaison Group and the Pharmacy Council.
Those who appeared for the screening at the Leaders Club in Dar es Salaam were mostly women, old men and children.
A TFNC nutritionist, Ms Doris Katana, urged youths to cultivate the habit of going for regular health checks and consultations instead of waiting until they fall seriously sick or age.
Many bodily changes occur when growing up, along with distress and stresses. If these are not diagnosed and attended to in good time, they can wreak untold havoc with one’s mental health.