Experts have raised an alarm over the growing incidence of hypertension, calling it a silent killer that may add to the burden of illness in a rustic ravaged by the Covid pandemic. Hypertension or hypertension is a severe medical situation that is without doubt one of the main causes of dying on this planet. After greater than a 12 months of thepandemic, there’s sufficient proof that folks with hypertension usually tend to get severely sick or die in the event that they get Covid, consultants have flagged. The dialogue was held at a webinar held to commemorate the 72nd basis day of Family Planning Association of India (FPA India) on ‘Expanding the Horizons of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’.
“India is going through an epidemiological transition. We must act now. Responding to this crisis, we at FPA India have decided to bring decades of experience in strengthening health systems to work on creating more opportunities for identifying care gaps, bringing about inter-sectoral collaboration and pooling resources so that no opportunity is missed to screen, treat and control hypertension, across all age-groups, geographies and socio-economic strata,” staid Dr Kalpana Apte, Secretary General FPA India. Vandana Shah, regional director at Global Health Advocacy Incubator, stated, “A high prevalence of hypertension exacts a tremendous price on public health. The pandemic has shown us how people living with chronic conditions like hypertension can become sicker and be more at risk of dying.” According to Dr Sonu Goel, Professor, Department of Community Medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh, “Almost one in five women aged 15-49 years in India has undiagnosed hypertension with implications for personal and reproductive health. We are closely working with the Government of Punjab in controlling this menace through politico-bureaucratic and media advocacy, capacity building of health professionals and generating evidence for policy and practice.” The occasion additionally marked the launch of ‘Project PrACHI- Prioritizing Advocacy for Control of Hypertension in India’, a nationwide marketing campaign supported by the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, to speed up hypertension management and therapy.
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