Robin Obino @obinorobin
Hundreds of Nairobi residents turned up at the Railway Club yesterday for free screening as the country marked World Hypertension Day.
The move came in the middle of a worldwide screening initiative dubbed the May Measurement Month (MMM), which is aimed at highlighting the need for increased blood pressure awareness among the population.
The drive brought together the Ministry of Health, Kenya Cardiac Society, Nairobi County Government, Healthy Heart Africa and Amref Health Africa in Kenya among other players.
Speaking at the event, Cardiac Society of Kenya president Dr Bernard Gitura said five per cent of Kenyans suffer from either hypertension or heart-related complications while more than half of the country’s population has never had their blood pressure measured.
“It is only by having your blood pressure checked regularly that can help one not develop serious health problems in the future,” he said.
At least 6,000 people have already been screened in a similar exercise that started on April 20 in Nairobi. The event conducted by Connectmed, a Kenyan based digital health company, in conjunction with the Nairobi county government targets 15,000 city residents by end of May.