Imo government in partnership with Crestline healthcare, a pharmaceutical outlet has flagged off free Blood Pressure (BP) screening for residents of the state.
The state commissioner for health, Dr Damaris Osunkwo made this known while addressing newsmen in Owerri on Saturday after a public sensitisation road walk to mark World Hypertension Day.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Hypertension Day is a day set aside by the World Health Organization (WHO) to increase awareness of hypertension with a view to reducing its rising spate.
NAN also reports that the expanded theme for year 2020 is Measure your blood pressure; control it, live longer.
Osunkwo said that the free screening was part of efforts by the state’s ministry of health to contribute its quota towards actualising WHO’s target of 25 per cent reduction in uncontrolled hypertension by 2025.
The cardiologist cautioned against excessive consumption of alcohol and all forms of smoking adding that they were major causes of hypertension.
She called on residents of the state to take advantage of the free medical screening to ascertain their BP status as according to her, prevention is better than cure.
” A situation where the bread winner suddenly slumps and dies, leaving behind many hungry persons only worsens poverty because health is wealth.
” This is why we have made arrangements for high capacity community screening so as to enable us recognize high BP in those at risk and fight it on time.
” We call on Imo residents to utilize the free screening to learn their status. This is part of government’s efforts to align with the WHO target of reduction of uncontrolled cases of hypertension in the world, she said.
On his part, the medical director, Crestline healthcare, Dr Norbert Ajiero thanked Gov. Hope Uzodinma for creating the enabling environment for healthy partnerships in the state.
He pledged commitment to the health and well-being of Imo residents while advising them to avail themselves of the free testing for a healthier society.
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