The seriousness of high blood pressure as a leading risk factor for deaths and illnesses worldwide was brought to the fore this week as the world observed World Health Day on Sunday under the theme ‘Hypertension – treatable and preventable’.
Throughout this week, the community nurses of Region Eight B, which comprises the Bexon, Entrepot and Ciceron Wellness Centers, have been actively engaging their communities on matters relating to hypertension. On Wednesday, the Bexon team used the opportunity to meet, share information, and discuss causes and consequences of hypertension with customers shopping at a Super J IGA Cul de Sac. They provided information on how to prevent hypertension and related complications. Customers were encouraged to check their blood pressure and to follow the advice of health-care professionals.
Nurse Alicia Baptiste, who coordinated the event, said “the activity at Super J today is to emphasize the importance of prevention, early detection, and appropriate treatment, follow-up and control of hypertension to stop the cardiovascular disease epidemic”.
The event spanned the entire day as Super J IGA customers from the Morne, Cul de Sac and environs, made use of the free medical testing and counseling offered by the nursing team. Customers were very happy to receive tips on managing the disease which included: reducing salt intake, eating a healthy diet, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, engaging in regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Nurse Baptiste commended Super J IGA for assisting their Community Outreach Programme. She said: “Bexon and other surrounding communities are sometimes forgotten, this is why it is important to bring the issue of hypertension to them today.”
World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health concern throughout the globe.