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The National Association of Seadogs (NAS), Pyrates Confraternity has called on government at all levels to create adequate awareness against the current high rate of hypertension in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the world hypertension day is usually marked every May 17 to sensitise people on the danger and how to manage the illness.

According to Oteri, government needs to create more awareness for the people and put in place various measures that will reduce the prospect of having it.

He attributed the illness which he said was common in the South West part of the country to poor dieting and lifestyle.

“30 per cent of Nigeria are having this illness and this is common in the South-West region of the country. 50 percent of this 30 per cent of Nigerians are not even aware they are hypertensive.

“Government must come in and play its role to make the sickness known, there are things they will do and these must start with proper awareness.

“Hypertension is a silent killer, government must not restrict the treatment to only secondary and tertiary care, the primary care has to come to play and that is the awareness and proper education to it,” he stressed.

Oteri said 30 per cent of the cases was a result of high sodium (salt) intake, 20 per cent reduction in potassium (fruit and vegetable) while 20 per cent is from inactive lifestyle.

He added that the remaining 30 per cent could be attributed to lack of general proper dieting.

Oteri called on government to also formulate policy that would make manufacturers of food items to be more accountable for whatever they produce in terms of contents.

He also called for serving of more fruits at social events instead of the normal rice and other carbohydrate meals.

He said government must mandate physical exercise in various offices compulsory and as well as checking of blood pressure (BP) by employees.

He called on individuals to moderate their intake of alcohol, caffeine, and energy drinks as measures to reduce cases of hypertension.

Dr. Peters Adekoya, the immediate past President, Abuja chapter of NAS who is also a guest lecturer at the event called on Nigerians to avoid any food or work that tend to narrow the blood vessels, describing such as the primary causes of hypertension.

“When the heart is doing more work than required, it causes hypertension and this may result to heart failure.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) research has revealed that a 46 per cent of hypertension case is prevalence in Africa, and 30 per cent of it is in Nigeria. It is more in those who are obese and smokers.

“We need to watch out for the warning signs such as headaches, blurring of vision, breathlessness, nosebleed, dizziness and take precautionary measures to control this sickness,” he stressed.

Mr. Stanley Nwodo, President, Sahara Deck, Abuja chapter encouraged Nigerians to walk towards living a healthy lives by avoiding anything stressful that could cause hypertension.

“My advice remains that people should be checking their health every morning or at worst once in a week, regular exercise especially those who have attained the age of 40 years is very compulsory.

“The association will champion this campaign to ensure that this sickness is reduced to some extent wherever we are.

“Some hypertension are natural, some are induced by what you take, but my advice is that people should take things easy, your reaction to things around you or the way you relate with people also induces hypertension,” he said.

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Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede

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