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21pc adults carrying high blood pressure in Bangladesh

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 31st March, 2022 08:57:20 PM
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Around 21 percent adult people in Bangladesh have been suffering from high blood pressure, a study report claimed.

The blood pressure patients account for one fifth of the total population of the country. Of the affected, male constitutes 67 percent while female 51 percent, the report added.

The health experts revealed the information at three-day workshop ended on Thursday. Titled “Hypertension and Heart Health” the workshop was held at the conference room at Bangladesh Institute of Planners.

PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress), a research and advocacy organisation arranged the event.

Experts spoke of the need for mass awareness, affordability of medications and treatment services to mitigate impact of the high pressure.

Hypertension causes increased risks of cardiovascular diseases and related mortality in manifolds, they added.

In some cases of hypertension, symptoms like morning headaches, nosebleeds, irregular heart rhythms, vision changes, and buzzing in the ears may occur. Untreated hypertension can cause chest pain or angina, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeats and stroke. Besides, hypertension may result in kidney damage, the experts said.

According to ‘Bangladesh NCD Steps Survey 2018’, less than one in every seven people has been able to keep their hypertension under control by taking medications.

The data of Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) 2019 shows that hypertension is one of the three major reasons for death and disability in Bangladesh. Only 29 percent of health service centers run by trained workers.

The Bangladesh government has adopted a national target to achieve 25 percent relative reduction of raised blood pressure prevalence by 2025.

Syed Mojibul Huq, additional secretary of health ministry, Prof Dr Mohammad Robed Amin, line director of NCDC Program of DGHS, Prof Dr Sohel Reza Choudhury, head of Department of Epidemiology & Research, National Heart Foundation, Dr Syed Mahfuzul Huq, national professional officer (NCD) of WHO, Dr Md Khalequzzaman, Associate Prof at Department of Public Health and Informatics of BSMMU, Prof Dr Malay Kanti Mridha, director of Center for Non-Communicable Disease and Nutrition, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, Muhammad Ruhul Quddus, Bangladesh country head of GHAI, Zahirul Alam, head of News and Current Affairs, NTV and ABM Zubair, executive director, PROGGA addressed the workshop.