Uganda’s State Minister for Health Sarah Acheng Opendi has said one in every four Ugandans is knowingly or unknowingly suffering from high blood pressure.
This accounts for 25% of the entire Uganda Population.
“Because Ugandans have poor health-seeking behaviour where they first fall sick before they visit a hospital, they don’t know their stand. But, we have found out that 25% of all Ugandans are suffering from high blood pressure,” said Opendi while officially opening a health camp organized by Prudential Insurance at the Constitutional Square this morning.
Opendi said Ugandans must at least do one medical checkup once a year to know their health statuses arguing that they shouldn’t wait to fall sick.
This year’s Prudential Health Camp, which is going to last three days at the Constitutional square is addressing the issue of Heart Attack that is mainly caused as a result of high blood pressure.
Dr Peter Lwabi, the Deputy Executive Director of the Uganda Heart Institute while speaking at the same function said every day, the institute receives one case of a heart attack.
He said Non-Communicable Diseases, of which Heart Attacks and Heart Failures fall, kill over 40 million people globally and are the leading causes of death worldwide.
Lwabi, however, said that these are avoidable diseases when people take precaution and do what they are supposed to do by going for medical checkups and avoiding harmful use of alcohol and, smoking.
Some of the Non-Communicable Diseases include Cancer, Heart Attack/Failure, Diabetes, Obese, Kidney Failure etc.
Arjun Mallik, the Prudential East Africa Managing Director said they felt challenged to make a contribution in reversing this trend and in playing their role in making Ugandans healthy so that they can live longer and active fulfilling lives.
“Our two months campaign has disseminated prevention tips to over 10 million people through radio and television platforms.
“The inaugural edition of the Heart Camp that was held on 2nd – 4th August 2018, was a resounding success. Over 2000 people were able to get access to free heart related medical checkups.
“From the big number of attendees, it was shocking to find out that 23% of the attendees were considered to be obese, 19% were diabetic, and 27% were found to be hypertensive and some of them didn’t even know they had these conditions,” said Mallik.
The three-day Health Camp will end this Saturday at 5 Pm.
BY PAUL TENTENA