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  • Updated: May 23, 2023

Foundation Harps On Self-Monitoring Of High Blood Pressure

Foundation Harps On Self-Monitoring Of High Blood Pressure

The Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF),  has harped on self-monitoring of High Blood Pressure as a way to address the burden of hypertension in the country.

Speaking during a press conference in Lagos to mark World Hypertension Day, the Executive Director of NHF, Dr Kingsley Akinroye, stressed the need for Nigerians to embrace self-monitoring of HBP as the disease most times does not give warning signs.

Stating that adequate funding should be put in place for the Primary Healthcare system to integrate the control of hypertension with other diseases, he encouraged state governors to invest in the Basic Primary Health Care Fund, BPHCF.

“The prevalence of hypertension continues to increase gradually and government must put measures in place to ensure Nigerians have access to treatment.

“Nigerians must also check their Blood Pressure regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Akinroye said.

Speaking with journalists, Prof Basden Onuwubere,  the Chairman of the NHF Hypertension Committee, said many Nigerians are at risk of hypertension, adding that disclosed new research has shown that more women are affected than men.

According to him, in 2021, it was estimated that hypertension affects 39 per cent of adult ages 30 -79 years old which amount to close to 70 million people of the population, with a higher burden in women.

The Committee Chairman who said massive awareness is needed to drive the HBP message across communities in Nigeria said: “A nationwide survey published about two decades ago puts the awareness about hypertension at 30 per cent and recent publications have not shown any significant improvement in this regard.

“This low level of awareness has given it the name ‘Silent Killer’ and young people are more prone because of their increasing exposure to unhealthy diet, high salt intake, tobacco, overweight among others.”

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