As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the 2021 international day of hypertension experts in the medical line, advice has been given to all and sundry to ensure routine medical checkup is observed as many believes that hypertension is often asymptomatic and can appear as a life threatening ailments capable of bringing the strongest human down with stroke or acute heart failure.
According to the experts, “hypertension cannot be taken for granted, and lifestyle change by embracing wellness as a part of the community is the best bet to avoid a wide scale hypertension epidemic.”
The theme for the 2021 world hypertension day is “Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer.”
World Hypertension Day is observed every year to raise awareness about the silent killer.
The international day of Hypertension is celebrated on May 17 of every year since it was launched in 2005.
It is observed annually to raise awareness about the symptoms of hypertension.
The main aim of World Hypertension Day is to educate the public and increase awareness of hypertension, which is also commonly known as high blood pressure.
The Chief Executive Officer, Merck Foundation, Dr Rasha Kelej, while giving her remark at the event to mark the hypertension day said the foundation has provided scholarships to over 628 Medical postgraduates from 42 countries. Additionally, doctors are also enrolled for a three-month Diabetes Master course in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, so as to advance their clinical knowledge in tackling hypertension.
Similarly, Dr. Florence Akumiah, Merck Foundation alumnus from Ghana applauded Merck Foundation for opportunity to undergo training that provided platform to come up with a proper management plan for Hypertension and Diabetes patients.
Hypertension or high blood pressure occurs when the blood pressure rises to an unhealthy level.
The disease is very common and develops over a course of years. Narrow arteries cause more resistance and increase blood pressure. This force can cause damage to blood vessels; and lead to heart attack, brain stroke, kidney damage, or nerve damage.
According to the World Hypertension League (WHL) organization, there are two critical components to increase awareness of hypertension. Firstly, to “establish high-capacity community screening programs for recognition of high BP in those at risk” and secondly, to “promote the routine measurement of BP by health-care professional at all clinical encounters.”