Hypertension Society conducts free blood pressure check
Nigerian Hypertension Society (NHS) has declared a Free Blood Pressure Checks (FBPC) for all Nigerian citizens throughout the month of May 2018 in commemoration of this year’s celebrations of World Hypertension Day (WHD).
While, all governmental owned hospitals may have been mobilised just as volunteers would be going round the states of the federation to ensure effective coverages of the exercise.
According to a statement jointly signed by the President and Secretary General of the NHS, Professor A. B. O. Omotosho and Dr K. W. Wahab, the purpose of the day was to increase high blood pressure awareness around the world.
The statement made available to journalists in Ilorin noted; “the ultimate target is to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern epidemic.”
The theme for this year’s event is, ‘Know Your Numbers’, interpreted as; ‘know your blood pressure recordings’.
For the association, “Hypertension describes a situation in which there is sustained elevation of blood pressure above a threshold of 140 mmHg systolic and 90 mmHg diastolic in an adult. In Nigeria, about one-third of the adult population is hypertensive but awareness of the condition is very poor.
“Indeed, only about one-third of those who are hypertensive are aware of their status while only about one-third are on treatment in spite of availability of potent drugs.
Hypertension only announces its presence in most people after they have suffered from stroke, heart failure, heart attack or kidney failure. The social and economic toll of these complications of hypertension on immediate families and the nation at large is enormous.”
Among other precautionary measures, the NHS, an affiliate of the International Society of