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  • Updated: May 18, 2024

Nasarawa govt expresses concerns over increasing cases of hypertension

Nasarawa govt expresses concerns over increasing cases of hy

The Nasarawa State government has expressed concern over the rising number of hypertensive patients within the state.

John Damina, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, voiced the concerns during a media briefing held on Friday in Lafia to mark the 2024 World Hypertension Day.

Damina highlighted the ministry's worry, noting that hypertension, also known as high blood pressure often manifests without symptoms but can result in severe health complications if left unmanaged.

He urged members of the public, particularly civil servants and business professionals, to prioritize regular health check-ups to monitor their blood pressure status.

“Everyone is encouraged to know his or her BP reading and seek prompt intervention if there is a deviation from normal to live longer.

“Knowing your status will also help you adopt a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and managing stress,” he added.

Damina further called on public members to monitor their BP regularly, especially those with risk factors such as family history, obesity, or a sedentary lifestyle.

“Early detection of high blood pressure allows for timely intervention and reduces the risk of heart diseases, strokes, and other related conditions,” he said.

The PS further said the media briefing aimed to create awareness to enable the public to make informed choices to reduce the burden of hypertension in the state.

The permanent secretary noted that the government was conducting free screenings in motor parks, markets, worship centres, and offices as part of the activities to mark the day.

“Those found to be hypertensive will be referred to medical facilities in the state for medication,” he added. 

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