Today marked the launch of the World Hypertension day and a five year strategic activity plan on cardiovascular diseases campaign.
The campaign is to raise public awareness about the hypertension, its preventive measures and complication.
Ministry of Health and Social services (MoHSS) Deputy Permanent secretary Dr Norbert Forster noted that Namibia is ranked 12 among the top 20 reasons of admissions to hospital from 2011 to 2012.
“Namibia is launching Hypertension day today and will continue to commemorate this day every year like other countries in the world. The ultimate aim of World Hypertension Day and the five year Strategic plan on cardiovascular diseases is to reduce deaths from heart attacks, stroke and other heart diseases,” he said.
He added that hypertension, also called ‘silent killer’ does not show any clear symptoms; however the important symptoms of hypertension include headaches, sleepiness, palpitations, blurred vision, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, ringing sensation in the ears, breathing difficulty and irregular heartbeat.
According to the Namibia Health Information, the number of people between the ages of 18 years and older who suffer from high blood pressure increased to 19 203 in 2012 from16 541 cases in 2011.
“Khomas Region was the highest with 6041 cases in 2012 from 3963 cases in 2011. This clearly reveals that people living in the city of Windhoek need to seriously strive to improve their life style as a matter of urgency,”
World hypertension day and the strategic plan campaign were launched by the MoHSS together with the private sector such as Novartis, Namibia Medical Care (NMC), Prosperity Health and others as well as the Khomas Region.