As part of measures to actualise its vision of improving the life expectancy of residents, the Ogun State Government, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL), has launched the National Hypertension Control Initiative (NHCI).
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, during the official launch of the NHCI at the Primary Health Care Center, Osiele in Odeda Local Government Area of the State, described the rising prevalence of hypertension as alarming, saying it should be of urgent concern to government at all levels.
Coker said Cardiovascular diseases, one of which is hypertension, were responsible for 11percent deaths in 2018, adding that there is a need for relevant stakeholders to join hands with the government to fashion out effective healthcare solutions and programmes, that would reduce its mortality rate.
She said the newly introduced hypertension control initiative would improve the management and control rates of high blood pressure in healthcare facilities in the State, aligning its objectives to the Prince Dapo Abiodun led government’s vision of increasing the life expectancy of residents.
“This initiative has a lot of benefits for us in the health sector, and by extension, the people of our State. It will improve the early diagnosis, management and information system of hypertension at Primary Health Care Centres.
“We aim to provide standardised management of hypertension in Primary Health Care Centers within Ogun State through this programme. Let me also state that, the NHCI is in line with the Governor’s vision, for increasing the life expectancy of residents in our State”, she said.
The representative of Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. U.M Enebong in her speech, said the NHCI was being piloted in Ogun and Kano States, disclosing that the programme would be scaled up to other States of the country.
Enebong urged the State government to take ownership and implementation of the project beyond its lifespan, expressing optimism that the State would be a model of reckoning among its peers on hypertension control.
In his goodwill message, the representative of WHO, Dr. Dele David, appreciated the State government for creating an enabling environment for a cordial relationship with partners, saying the bond with FMOH, WHO, and RTSL on the initiative would be beneficial to residents.