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FG To Launch Hypertension Treatment In PHCs

FG To Launch Hypertension Treatment In PHCs

FG To Launch Hypertension Treatment In PHCs

FG to implement hypertension treatment in PHCs

According to the Federal Government, primary healthcare centers will offer accessible diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and other non-communicable disorders.

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It stated that 17 states spread across the six geopolitical zones and the Federal Capital Territory will be the first to adopt the plan.

The Executive Director/Chief Executive Office, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, noted during the AstraZeneca Healthy Heart Africa Initiative’s Abuja inauguration that the program’s introduction marked the beginning of the availability of hypertension services in PHCs in the implementing states.

FG To Launch Hypertension Treatment In PHCs

The implementing states are Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Adamawa and Gombe. Others are Nasarawa, Kwara, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Imo, Anambra, Enugu; Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, and the Federal Capital Territory.

Shuaib noted that cardiovascular diseases were of significant public health concern, as “it is responsible for 11 percent of over two million deaths from non-communicable diseases in Nigeria annually.”

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He added that the majority of Nigerians were not aware of their blood pressure status, hence the Federal Government was collaborating with AstraZeneca through the HHA Initiative to provide affordable diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and other non-communicable diseases at the Primary Healthcare Centres.


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