Know your num­bers

To ob­serve World Hyper­ten­sion Day on 17 May 2018, the City in­vited res­i­dents screen­ing for hyper­ten­sion and other chronic con­di­tions such as di­a­betes, high choles­terol and prostate can­cer.

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The City’s 81 clin­ics are the first point of con­tact for many res­i­dents seek­ing med­i­cal care. Un­con­trolled hy­per­ten­sive pa­tients are re­viewed by doc­tors at the clin­ics and are re­ferred to higher lev­els of care where nec­es­sary.

From Jan­uary to March 2018, the City’s clin­ics screened over 314 572 pa­tients older than 40 years for hyper­ten­sion.

As part the City of Joburg’s drive to re­duce life­style dis­eases such as hyper­ten­sion, it runs aware­ness cam­paigns at all its re­gions.

This year ’s theme for World Hyper­ten­sion Day is “know your num­bers”. This is to cre­ate aware­ness around high blood pres­sure. Hyper­ten­sion is ab­nor­mally high blood pres­sure. In South Africa, one out of three adults

live with high blood pres­sure and it is re­spon­si­ble for one in ev­ery two strokes and two in ev­ery five heart at­tacks.

Hyper­ten­sion is known as a “silent killer” be­cause there are rarely any symp­toms or vis­i­ble signs. As a re­sult, more than 50% of peo­ple with high blood pres­sure are un­aware of their con­di­tion.

“The City of Joburg is a car­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion that is cre­at­ing an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety with en­hanced qual­ity of life. The City is ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in en­sur­ing that its res­i­dents are healthy,” said Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee for Health and So­cial Devel­op­ment Cllr Mpho Pha­latse.

MMC Pha­latse said the City’s Health and So­cial Depart­ment urges res­i­dents to look out for signs of hyper­ten­sion.

“These may in­clude symp­toms such as headaches, short­ness of breath or nose­bleeds but these signs and symp­toms are not spe­cific and usu­ally don’t oc­cur un­til high blood pres­sure has reached a se­vere or life-threat­en­ing stage. Life­style con­di­tions such as be­ing over­weight, stress, smok­ing and old age con­trib­ute to hyper­ten­sion,” said MMC Pha­latse.

The good news is hyper­ten­sion can be con­trolled or even pre­vented by adopt­ing a health­ier life­style. Re­duc­ing fat and salt in­take and eat­ing plenty of fruit and veg­eta­bles makes a dif­fer­ence. Com­mit your­self to reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ex­er­cise, main­tain­ing a healthy weights and limit al­co­hol in­take.

The City’s Health and So­cial Depart­ment co­or­di­nates 5km walks to en­cour­age mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ties to adopt a healthy life­style. The City’s health pro­mot­ers also give health talks in the clin­ics about hyper­ten­sion, nu­tri­tion and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

#WorldHyper­ten­sionDay - nurses and staff take time to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on causes, signs and symp­toms, pre­ven­tion and gen­eral in­for­ma­tion on hyper­ten­sion.

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