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World Hypertension Day: Doctors declare one month free cardiovascular tests for citizens


The Nigerian Hypertension Society (NHS) has declared free-cardiovascular tests for month of May 2019, as its own contribution to mark this year’s World Hypertension Day (WHD).

A statement jointly signed by NHS National President, Prof. A.B.O. Omotosho and Secretary-General, Prof. K. W. Wahab, said all branches of the body would offer free medi-care (cardiovascular tests) for a month.

Omotosho and Wahab are both from the Department of Medicine, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin. “This free medical check-up of our heart health is part of our modest contributions to the health of our citizens. It is free and will run throughout the month of May,” the statement read.

Already, Okelele Kwara State Government Cottage Hospital in Ilorin has been designated as centre for the exercise. “Every May 17 is set aside as the WHD. The purpose of the day is to increase awareness ofnhigh blood pressure (hypertension) around the world. The ultimate target is to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern epidemic. The theme of this year’s event is “Know Your Numbers” which simply means, “know your blood pressure recordings.”


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