World Hypertension Day: Pharmacists Emphasis Need For Regular Checkup

World Hypertension Day: Pharmacists Emphasis Need For Regular Checkup

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN) Abuja Branch has emphasized the need for regular and accurate checking of blood pressure to avoid falling victim to hypertension.

The Chairman of the Abuja branch of PSN, Pharm. Ifeanyi Ikebudu who was speaking on Tuesday during the commemorate of this year’s World Hypertension Day, lamented that there was widespread apathy among sufferers and potential sufferers of hypertension towards checking their blood pressures regularly and accurately.

He harped on the need for all adults who are at least 40 years, to take their health seriously and avoid falling victim to hypertension which he referred to as the “silent killer”.

Ikebudu stated that an estimated 76.2 million Nigerians were hypertensive and lamented that only 23 million are taking their medications.

“This same study shows that awareness of hypertension is more in urban and higher income/enlightened population than in rural and low income/less enlightened population.”, he said.

Ikebudu also stated that cardiovascular accidents are the leading cause of deaths worldwide and revealed that Nigeria ranks very high in the list of countries with the highest population of hypertension cases.

“According to a 2019 statistics report, 17.9 million people died from cardiovascular accidents globally. Of this number, 85% died of heart attack and stroke. Unfortunately, 75% of deaths arising from cardiovascular accidents occur in low and middle-income countries of which Nigeria is one,” he said.

Also speaking at the event, the Chairperson of the Abuja branch of the Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPs), Pharm. Nevan Bello,  stated that her organization has undertaken several laudable tasks in bringing awareness to women on issues pertaining to their health and wellbeing.

“As lady pharmacists, one of the major goals we have is to bring health awareness to the society, especially to vulnerable women and young girls. We have a major drive and project towards drug abuse prevention. We give health talks in schools and organize debates for young people.

“Since we are a technical arm of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, we therefore participate in everything that we as pharmacists do. We reach out to the community as mothers. We visit orphanages and schools to empower people with knowledge and carry out health outreaches,” stated Bello.

The Pharmacists also organized an outreach to members of the community, and offered them free blood pressure checks and counselling on how to live hypertension-free lives.

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