The Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria has revealed that a total of 4.5 million Nigerians are living with hypertension. According to the Director, Food and Drugs Services at the ministry, Gloria Chukwumah, the pace at which hypertension is causing havoc in Nigeria is a major subject of concern, adding that the disease is more prevalent in urban areas.
It is in line with the surge in the incidence of hypertension in Nigeria that the federal government and Neimeth Pharmaceutical International have pledged to reduce the high rate of the non-communicable disease.
The commitment was made during the setting of a committee to set modalities on how to combat hypertension in Nigeria.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, said: “The health sector is inundated with many challenges, hypertension as a non-communicable disease is one of them. We want to use this opportunity to work with Neimeth Pharmaceutical, making it a wonderful intervention.”
While urging the committee to work hard to ensure that hypertension is tackle squarely, Awute said: “The package can be expanded to not only include hypertension but many other diseases, drawing a road map, role playing. This is a great opportunity, we must get it right.”
Managing Director, Neimeth Pharmaceutical International, Emmanuel Ekunno assured stakeholders that the company would remain steadfast in supporting efforts to fight hypertension.
Ekunno stated that Neimeth would continue to be on the forefront in providing the required expertise and support needed to reduce hypertension in the country.
Chairman of the committee, Dr Kingsley Akinroye pledged the commitment of the body to deliver on the terms of reference and tame the increasing cases of hypertension.
The committee is made up of key health experts drawn from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), pharmaceutical industry, Nigerian Health Foundation among others.
Source: Health News Nigeria