Heart disease is one of the leading causes of premature death in Africa.
The World Health Organization estimates that the prevalence of hypertension is highest in the African region, with around 46% of adults over the age of 25 having hypertension compared to 35% in the African region.
America and other HICs, and 40% in other parts of the world.
Hypertension is of public health importance in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in urban areas, with evidence of insufficient diagnosis, treatment, and control.
There is an urgent need to develop strategies to prevent, detect, treat and control hypertension according to research by Julliet Addo et al.
The program would aim to identify different classes of people, those who are at risk of hypertension, those who are about to develop hypertension, and those already living with hypertension.
The objectives would be to prevent, detect and control as stated above.
Speaking at the launch of the program in Nigeria, Dr. Olagoke Ewedairo, vice president of health services at mPharma, said that the hypertension test and treat program is a service that aims to promote the early detection of hypertension, the rapid treatment and prevention of complications such as hypertensive heart disease, kidney failure, etc., which are increasing despite being preventable.
The service includes a private consultation to review your medical history, current medications, determine your cardiovascular risk level, and provide personalized lifestyle modification strategies to improve your health and wellness.
Also, a variety of diagnostic tests would be available, all of this is to ensure that you have a healthy heart.
Dr. Hafeez Oluwa, mPharma’s global primary care manager, said the company is taking a different approach to treating hypertension, going beyond just helping people who have already developed the condition to identifying people who are at risk of hypertension and collaborate with them to prevent the development of the disease.
“The passive approach has just led to the numbers increasing exponentially.
We need to think more about primary prevention while treating hypertension with health promotion.
If we start implementing lifestyle changes at an earlier stage, we can prevent more hypertension diagnoses,” he said at the launch.
The program was implemented in stages, the first stage was using mPharma’s ongoing diabetes program, Diabetes Test and Treat, which has helped over 3,000 patients achieve optimal glycemic control become more aware of their risk of developing hypertension and help those who have been diagnosed to be more adherent to their medication.
The second stage was to identify people living with hypertension in our communities and provide training and health education to help them control their blood pressure.
Mr. Dominic, a beneficiary of the program, said that he was happy with the initiative as he was able to get more information about some of the things that he had been doing that were preventing him from improving.
He wanted mPharma to do more to ensure that many more people like him had access to this initiative.
The Program in its final form will include more people in its target audience, including people identified as being at risk for hypertension.
It would be available in Kenya as a subscription service available for purchase through mPharma mutti pharmacies and in subsequent months in other countries.
The program is in line with mPharma’s vision of providing accessible and affordable care to patients in vulnerable communities in Africa by transforming its mutti pharmacies into primary healthcare facilities.
Hypertension test and treat service is launched in selected mutti pharmacies in Nigeria starting today.
Patients can visit any of the mPharma mutti pharmacies to check their blood pressure free of charge and discuss their eligibility program.
mPharma plans to expand the hypertension testing and treatment service to all 500 mutti branch locations over time, as the company’s ultimate goal is to make all Africans in good health and to contribute their share to making all Africans healthy.
universal health care coverage is available to all.