According to the group, urgent action needs to be taken at both local and national levels to ensure the effective implementation of prevention and treatment measures to control hypertension in the Ghanaian population.
The call was contained in a release issued in Accra on Monday, September 5, 2022.
Portions of the release read: “In Ghana, data available on the Prevalence of Hypertension show that around 34% of adults aged between 30-79 years have raised blood pressure, with a significant number of these people being unaware that they are hypertensive. The available data also shows that an estimated 36% of those aware of their hypertension are on medication of one sort or another, i.e., receiving pharmacological treatment to lower the blood pressure. The other way to lower blood pressure is to make lifestyle changes.
This reported data presents massive challenges to the government and other stakeholders in managing hypertension in the population.
In 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published evidence-based pharmacological treatment guidelines for adults with hypertension, as well as the World Heart Federation roadmap and PASCAR 10 points action on Hypertension.
At a Round Table on the subject of Hypertension in Ghana, the Ghanaian Society of Cardiologists, the Stroke Association Support Network-Ghana (SASNET GHANA), and the World Heart Federation, together with experts, participants, concluded that urgent action needs to be taken at local and national levels to ensure effective implementation of prevention and treatment measures to control hypertension in the Ghanaian population.”
Meanwhile, SASNET Ghana, the largest non-profit, Patient, and Professionals based – advocacy organisation working on hypertension, CVD, Stroke, and Obesity says it is ready and willing to play a major role in bringing about lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure in the population.