DOH, PSH launch pro­gram to curb hy­per­ten­sion preva­lence

Sun.Star Pampanga - - HEALTHNEWS! -

The De­part­ment of Health (DOH) has part­nered with the Philip­pine So­ci­ety of Hy­per­ten­sion (PSH) for a joint project ini­tia­tive aimed at ad­dress­ing the in­creas­ing preva­lence of hy­per­ten­sion and non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs) in Cavite provi nce.

The pro­gram, Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Risk As­sess­ment and Man­age­ment Ini­tia­tive, which is an­chored on DOH’s Pack­age of Non-Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­ease In­ter­ven­tions (PhilPEN) ini­tia­tive, was of­fi­cially launched be­fore car­di­ol­o­gists from the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors at the Taal Vista Ho­tel here Fri­day.

In his key­note add r ess, DOH-4A (Cal­abar­zon) Direc­tor Dr. Ed­uardo C. Janairo stressed that “the greater progress in ad­dress­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases can be achieved through the co­op­er­a­tion of dif­fer­ent sec­tors.”

Janairo added that while it can be seen that NCDs are driven both by health and non-health vari­ables, the health sec­tor can­not ad­e­quately pre­vent and con­trol these dis­eases on its own and a multi-sec­toral ap­proach (MSA) is re­quired to es­tab­lish en­abling en­vi­ron­ments in the com­mu­nity.

“So that healthy choices be­come the most at­trac­tive choice,” he sai d.

Due to the high cost of di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of hy­per­ten­sion and NCDs, Janairo said a strate­gic ap­proach to these dis­eases re­lies on early de­tec­tion and care us­ing cost-ef­fec­tive and sus­tain­able health care in­ter­ven­tion that are in­te­grated in the pri­mary health care fa­cil­i­ties, such as the barangay health sta­tions, ru­ral health and other com­mu­nity health cen­ters.

“We see our fu­ture fo­cus­ing more on preven­tion, es­pe­cially on the four mod­i­fi­able be­hav­ioral risk fac­tors – un­healthy diet, phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity, harm­ful use of al­co­hol, and to­bacco use,” he said.

The joint project, set to pi­lot in Cavite prov­ince, is seen to re­sult in more Filipinos be­ing as­sessed, screened and di­ag­nosed early to pre­vent de­bil­i­tat­ing and some­times fa­tal com­pli­cat i ons.

"Once suc­cess­ful (in its pi­lot run), we shall look for­ward to its du­pli­ca­tion in the whole Re­gion 4 (Cal­abar­zon and Mi­maropa) and even­tu­ally in the en­tire na­tion,”PSH pres­i­dent Dr. Al­berto A. Atil­lano sai d.

The pro­gram seeks to bring down the dis­eases' preva­lence by 3 per­cent in the next five year s.

Hy­per­ten­sion preva­lence in adult pop­u­la­tion (18 years old and above) in the Philip­pines in­creased from 11 per­cent in 1992 to 28 per­cent in 2013, with high in­ci­dence re­ported in Cavite.

Based on DOH data re­leased in 2009, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease re­mains one of the lead­ing causes of death in the coun­try, with 170,000 Filipinos dy­ing each year.

Heart at­tack and stroke are the top killer dis­eases in the coun­try while 60 per­cent to 70 per­cent of Filipinos have not been treated or have seen a car­di­ol­o­gist, ac­cord­ing to 2016 data from the Philip­pine Heart As­so­ci­a­tion.

Dur­ing the launch, the par­tic­i­pants were treated with lec­tures on the mat­ter.

The par­tic­i­pants in the fo­rum, com­posed of car­di­ol­o­gists from the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, ex­pressed their com­mit­ment of sup­port for this health ini­tia­tive. ( PNA)

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