The month of November has been a busy one characterized by May Measurement Moth Global Campaign on Hypertension (High Blood Pressure). As one of the international volunteers, I joined the International Society of Hypertension in rallying people towards having their blood pressure checked. Hypertension screening is very important and is known to save lives and enhance healthy outcomes since knowing your blood pressure helps you take control of your health.
To cement the health message during the May Measurement Month Campaign, I was interviewed by Kenyatta University TV to shade more light on this campaign and highlight the need for people to have their blood pressure checked. The interview covered wide array of topics which included debunking the myths and misconception on hypertension, policy interventions to address the same, current government/private sector efforts, glaring global and local statistics and our work at Stowelink Inc. In this interview, I also weighed in on the prevention and management of hypertension which largely relies on lifestyle change including dieting and physical activities.
The highlight of my interview was a call to everyone to join this campaign on hypertension and have their blood pressure checked. Available evidence reveals shocking statistics that point to a range of diseases that an individual is exposed to as a result of presenting with elevated blood pressure. High Blood Pressure has also been reported to be the No.1 contributing risk factor for global deaths causing strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular complication. Even more shocking, is the revelation that over 10 million lives are lost each year needlessly due to raised blood pressure. Still, only half of people with high blood pressure know it.
In step with the aforementioned, the frantic call for people to “Roll their Sleeves Up and Save a Life- Their Own!” should be responded to with passion and understanding that going for hypertension screening saves lives.
He is the recording of the interview.