World Health Day is observed on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948 and each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of concern for the agency.
This year’s theme “Measure your blood pressure, reduce your risk” focuses on preventing hypertension in people over 25 years of age.
Researchers estimate that high blood pressure contributes to nearly 9.4 million deaths from cardiovascular disease each year.
The high-income countries have a lower prevalence of hypertension (35% of adults) than low -and -middle income groups (40% of adults).
According to the World Health Organization’s website, over 40% of adults over the age of 25 had raised blood pressure in 2008. 17.3 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2008.
80% of deaths related to blood pressure occur in low and middle income countries.
The proportion increases with age, from 1 in 10 people in their 20 years to 30 years, 5 in 10 people in below 50 years.
With the aforementioned statistics, it is no wonder why high blood pressure was chosen as this year’s public health issue.
The World Health Organization also offers numerous suggestions for reducing your risk of developing high blood pressure. kindly see the enclosed file.
Download the leaflet by WHO on Hypertension : https://files.secureserver.net/0s2Y5Nw5rcfh3H