Aiming to reduce disability and death related to high blood pressure Union Health Ministry has launched hypertension management initiative.
The people will be screened at the primary healthcare centers in select districts over a period of two years. Those diagnosed with high blood pressure will be put on treatment, Hindustan Times reported.
The project Christened India Hypertension Management Initiative (IHMI), it aims to improve the control of high blood pressure (hypertension), reduce salt consumption and eliminate artificial trans-fats, leading risk factors for Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).
In the real numbers, around 200 million adults in India are dealing with high blood pressure. However, the control rates for the condition remain low.
Approximately 5 crore additional people will need to have their blood pressure effectively treated if the government is to meet its targets on hypertension and CVD mortality,” health secretary Preeti Sudan said.
“This initiative, alongside other policy initiatives, will ensure a continuum of care for patients identified by the recent National Programme for Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke’s population-based screening programme, that aligns with the government’s commitment to universal care.”
Director-General, ICMR, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, said, “Hypertension is the single biggest risk factor for heart attacks and stroke in India, and often detected only after deadly complications have occurred.”
“This initiative will enable state governments working alongside the other Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) partners to improve treatment of hypertension to achieve our shared goal of reducing preventable deaths from cardiovascular disease.”