By CHIOMA OBINNA
Worried about attitudes of Nigerians towards their heart, experts have called for healthy behaviours among Nigerians to meet up with the global target to reduce premature deaths from Non Communicable Diseases, NCDs by 25 percent by 2025.
The experts who spoke at community awareness programme to mark this year’s World Heart Day in Ojodu area of Lagos organised by the Association of Community Pharmacists, ACPN, Ikeja Zone with the theme: “World, One Home, One Heart”, said engaging in healthy behaviours was key to controlling certain risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and prevent heart disease and stroke.
Addressing participants, Former Chairman, Drug Information Centre, Pharm. Rosari Agbim noted that the global targets was to curb the growing incidences of NCDs which includes cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke. Agbimsaid tackling heart-related diseases was critical to avoiding premature death in the country from cardiovascular disease.
She stressed the need for people to take assessments such as regular monitoring of their blood pressures, cholesterol, blood sugar level and weight.”Lack of exercise, excessive weight too much intake of salt, fatty foods predisposes one to heart diseases”
The Chairperson, ACPN, Ikeja Zone, Pharm. Anasthesia Osarenkhoe said theme of the 2012 World Heart Day, was to foster healthy lifestyles in general and in families.
The Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Chairman, Ojodu, Engr. Olumuyiwa Oloro enjoined participants to take seriously heart checks citing example of a woman who died after she was diagnosed to have elevated blood pressure but was adamant to visit the hospital immediately. “Healthy citizens also ensures healthy environment and reduces cost of healthcare. It is necessary for us to check our blood pressure regularly,” he noted.
High point of the event was free heart screening checks for about 300 participants.