Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, Regional Director, WHO
The Pfizer Nigeria has joined forces with the Federal Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and other stakeholders with commitment towards working for a healthier world by battling hypertension, a notable non-communicable disease.
The pharmaceutical giants leveraged on the World Health Day 2013 themed Hypertension to raise awareness on hypertension and to encourage citizens and other stakeholders to prevent and control the modern epidemic.
Hypertension, a cardiovascular medical condition also called high blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated to a level likely to induce cardiovascular damage or other adverse consequences.
There are several risk factors that can trigger this condition that include; smoking, obesity, diabetes, high level of salt intake, stress, aging, high level of alcohol consumption, chronic kidney disease, genetics and a family history of hypertension.
According to Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, Regional Director, WHO, hypertension is a silent killer that can affect anyone. Most of the people affected by hypertension, he stated, are often not even aware of the disease and its complications. For these reasons, he advised that blood pressure screenings should be done periodically.
In a statement, Pfizer said it partners with medical stakeholders through the cardiovascular summit.
The summit according to the organisation is an educational platform for health care practitioners to engage in a robust discussion on latest trends in cardiovascular diseases and its management.
“It is part of Pfizer’s contributions to the advancement of medical knowledge and patient care in Nigeria and the East Africa Region by keeping health care professionals aware of the new trends in medicine,” the statement said.