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  • Updated: May 17, 2024

28.5 per cent of Kano residents affected by hypertension — Commissioner

28.5 per cent of Kano residents affected by hypertension —

The Kano Government has disclosed that hypertension is the most prevalent cardiovascular risk factor in the state, affecting 28.5% of the population.

According to the state, nearly two-thirds, 60.7% of these cases are newly diagnosed.

The Commissioner for Health, Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, made this known while briefing journalists on the occasion of the 2024 World Hypertension Day with the theme: “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, and Live Longer.”

The commissioner stated that an estimated 1.28 billion adults aged 30 – 79 years worldwide have hypertension, while the prevalence rate in Nigeria is 27.6 %.

“Hypertension is a major cause of health problems such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease among others.

“Many people who suffer from hypertension are not aware that they have it as there can be no symptoms, often people only find out after suffering a heart attack or stroke,” he said.

He stressed that hypertension can be managed and its consequences avoided or delayed with physical activity, healthy diet, maintaining normal body weight, avoiding tobacco use, regular screening, use of medication and treatment of complications among others.

The commissioner explained that as part of the activities to commemorate the 2024 World Hypertension Day, the ministry had set up a volunteer manned screening site in Gwale Local Government Area to check blood pressure.

He added that the state government in partnership with development allies has had significant success in combating hypertension. 

According to him, they achieved this through initiatives such as free screenings, offering subsidized medications to hypertensive patients, enrolling vulnerable individuals in the KSCHMA scheme, and enhancing healthcare financing through KHETFUND and KSCHMA.

While commending Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, the Emirs of the five emirate councils, government ministries, and development partners towards efficient healthcare provision, he encouraged the public to prioritize regular screenings at the nearest hospital to uphold a healthy society.

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