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Monday, 17 May 2021

Ogun commemorate 2021 World Hypertension Day, calls for proper medical checkup

By Our Correspondent

Ogun State on Monday joined the rest of the world to commemorate 2021 World Hypertension Day, with a call on the citizen to present themselves for regular medical checkup and avoid unverified treatments.

The Ogun state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker made the call on Monday at a press conference to commemorate 2021 World Hypertension Day with the theme "Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control it,  Live Longer."

The Commissioner warned residents of the state not to rely on the use of traditional herbs urging residents to get appropriate treatment for them to live longer.

Dr Coker who described hypertension as a silent killer, revealed that an estimate of 1.13 billion people worldwide have hypertension and two-third of these people are living in developed countries. 

"According to various studies, one in four Nigerians are at risk of being diagnosed with hypertension. Unfortunately, the burden of hypertension is seriously underestimated in Nigeria due to non availability of data".

The Commissioner said the disease being a silent killer, is a major public health problem, adding if not properly checked, may result to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, heart failure and sight problems. 

She disclosed that, most people developed the non-traceable disease as a result of diet, lifestyle or medical condition. 

According to her, the risk of hypertension can be reduced if blood pressure is regularly measured. 

"It is crucial to measure blood pressure regularly because most people with hypertension are unaware of the problem since it may not show warning signs or symptoms". 

Accurate measurements of blood pressure is essential for diagnosis and management. Many will need to take medication to help their blood pressure at a healthy level. It is therefore, important to have a health professional measure your blood pressure and assess you for associated conditions. Having your blood pressure measured is quick and painless. Also self-assessment can be done with automated devices.

She revealed that "Ogun, being one of the two states supported by Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH)  and World Health Organizations (WHO) is presently carrying out routine screening for elevated blood pressure, and immediate enrolment for management of same in 12 primary health care facilities with highly subsidized drugs to make treatment affordable.

"This intervention shall be scaled up to at least 100 primary health care facilities across 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and all the secondary health facilities in the state by the beginning of June".

She therefore pleaded with citizens of the State between the age of 30 and above to present themselves every six months at the hospital for a Blood Pressure check and get appropriate treatment. 

She equally appealed to all residents of Ogun State to visit the nearest health facility around them to check their blood pressure accurately by Healthcare professionals so that the appropriate treatment can be instigated immediately at an affordable cost.