Treatment for heart disease caused by hypertension must be available at community clinic level throughout the country, said experts.
They said around 277,000 people die of heart diseases in Bangladesh every year, one of the main causes of which is hypertension.
They came up with the statements at a webinar titled ‘Hypertension and Heart Disease Risks in Bangladesh’ held on Tuesday.
Research and advocacy organization PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress) arranged the event with the support of Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) marking World Heart Day 2022.
Dr. Masud Reza Kabir, Line Director of Community Based Health Care (CBHC) at Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury, Head of Department of Epidemiology & Research at National Heart Foundation, Prof Dr. S M Mustafa Zaman of Department of Cardiology at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Muhammad Ruhul Quddus, Bangladesh Country Lead, GHAI, and ABM Zubair, Executive Director of PROGGA spoke at the programme, among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Masud Reza Kabir that treatment for hypertension has already started at community clinic level and they will soon expand the service at all community clinics all over the country.
In his speech, Sohel Reza Choudhury said prevalence of heart disease among the youth in recent times has been a cause for grave concern.
People from different backgrounds from different regions of the country also took part in the programme.
According to the experts, hypertension is one of the major causes of heart disease that has reached an alarming level in Bangladesh and a large number of people are already suffering from it.
According to the World Health Organization, 1.28 billion people suffer from high blood pressure worldwide and two-thirds of them live in low- and middle-income countries, including Bangladesh.