India’s President Pranab Mukherjee asked people to keep a tab on their health, especially hypertension or blood pressure in view of the associated complications.
In his message to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi which is celebrating World Hypertension Day on the theme “Know Your Blood Pressure” on May 17, 2015, he said:
“Good health, as an attribute of human well-being, precedes every other possession of mankind. Many years ago, Lord Buddha observed ‘To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear”.
Reiterating the fact that a healthy population is a true reflection of a country’s progress, he stressed the need to keep a tab on high blood pressure or ‘Hypertension’ that affects millions of Indians.
BP can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke-paralysis and loss of memory. It is estimated that hypertension is responsible for 1.1 million deaths annually, accounting for nearly 11% of all deaths in India.
The World Hypertension Day is observed to communicate to the public information on prevention of hypertension and its treatment.
“Proper education and awareness is the key to tackling this disease. I am sure that this initiative of PGIMER, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital will be useful in educating the public about the need to control and prevent this disease,” he said.