Health officials worried over alarming hypertension cases among youth

Health authorities within the Ashanti Region are scaling up interventions to cut back rising circumstances of hypertension particularly amongst youth within the area.

Officials have attributed the pattern to way of life modification in younger people who find themselves both not conscious of getting the illness or don’t go to the hospitals to report the signs.

Cardiovascular ailments, together with hypertension, account for many deaths related to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2018, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) accounted for 42% of deaths in Ghana with untimely mortality as a consequence of NCDs at 20%.

Approximately, 17.9 million folks on the earth die yearly from hypertension.

In Ghana, consciousness creation for hypertension may be very low with solely 37% of ladies and 14% of males conscious of their hypertension standing.

Hypertension was additionally one of many main co-morbidities on the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A complete of 106,626 circumstances of hypertension had been recorded within the Ashanti Region for the yr 2020 making it one of many highest within the nation.

Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Emmanuel Tenkonrang at a media engagement to commemorate World Hypertension Day in Kumasi, expressed fear about how younger adults are contracting the illness.

“Hypertension is related to way of life. Unfortunately, when you have a look at the younger adults, most of them have their BMI at about 30. There is so much to do so far as way of life modification of younger folks on this nation is worried. Most of our younger folks, by the advantage of their work, don’t stroll even for one kilometre in a day. The downside is principally because of the way of life modification we talked about”, he defined.

He suggested younger folks to all the time verify their Blood Pressure, their weight-reduction plan and in addition do a variety of workout routines particularly strolling.

Dr. Tenkonrang additional indicated that the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is dedicated to decreasing the burden of hypertension within the Ashanti Region and Ghana as a complete.

The GHS is collaborating with its companions akin to Healthy Heart Africa Program being carried out by PATH Ghana with funding from AstraZeneca to handle the problem.

Ghana joined the remainder of the world to mark Hypertension Day on Monday, seventeenth May, 2021.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has arrange wellness clinics to verify the Blood Pressure of individuals and in addition create consciousness of the illness.

A Senior Technical Advisor in Non-Communicable Diseases with PATH Ghana, Dr. Robert Yeboah, suggested people with hypertension to desist from resorting to the usage of natural medicines in treating the illness.

“The recommendation for many who have been recognized already is for them to stick to therapy. Unfortunately, we’ve got a variety of details about natural mixtures which supposedly can remedy hypertension. Hypertension can’t be cured; it may be managed. So I’d advise that we adhere to our therapy, the life-style modification, chopping down on the alcohol, the smoking and all of that”.

The theme for this yr’s World Hypertension Day was “Measure your blood stress precisely, management it, dwell longer”.

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