Lagos — To reduce incidences of unexpected stroke, heart attacks, sudden deaths and other conditions that could be deadly if not identified early and treated or managed, Nigerians have been told to constantly do medical check-ups.
The Managing Director (MD) of PathCare Nigeria, Dr. Pamela Ajayi made the call in a press briefing in Lagos on a new campaign "know your numbers".
Know Your Number campaign provides free health cards in pathology laboratories and major pharmacies nationwide and showcase essential number as well as blood pressure chart enabling individuals to manage their blood pressure easily.
Dr Ajayi said it was a common misnomer that only "the sick needs physician, but individuals should make it a priority to do health checks and be abreast of basic information, otherwise called essential health numbers, which are the blood pressure, cholesterol level, thyroid and the lip profile among others."
Presenting the 'Know your numbers' card initiative, she said "findings suggest that as many as one in every four Nigerians might be unaware that they have high blood pressure, while some that know could not remember the figures accurately."
"This ignorance means they are oblivious to the risks to their health, because uncontrolled blood pressure is associated with heart enlargement, unexpected strokes, heart attacks and sudden deaths," she said.
This basic information, according to her, is the pathway to wellness and promoting vitality. She explained that individuals must be aware that Africans are by nature predisposed to hypertension, especially worsened by living in stressful environment.
She said, "It worries me to see young Nigerians in their 30s die because they do not check their blood pressure and killed by their ignorance. Some people at 170/100 come down with stroke!"