High incidence of BP in Mtwara region alarms medical experts

25Nov 2018
By Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
High incidence of BP in Mtwara region alarms medical experts

A TEAM of specialist medical doctors from Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) who were conducting an outreach programme at Ligula Referral Hospital in the region were stunned at the rate of high blood pressure (BP) in the region.

They called for immediate research to find out the cause of the problem.

Briefing the press about the week-long out reach programme, Dr. Geofrey Marandu said the number of BP patients in the region was alarming.

He said an average of 60 patients who attended the hospital on a daily basis were discovered to have BP complications.

“This rate is higher than any other records we have so far…saying despite some patients having an abnormal BP rate of 220/120, they were still alive because they were unaware of the risks,” he said.

According to him, immediate research needs to be conducted to identify the causative agent and the lifestyle of the public.

Dr. Marandu identified other diseases as eye and teeth problems, which also affect a good number of the people in the region.
He said glaucoma was affecting a number of people in the region, which later leads to blindness.

At least 1,467 patients were attended, 54 of whom underwent major operations while 81 underwent minor operations.
Ligula referral hospital medical in charge Dr. Lobikieki Kissambus said the exercise was a success despite encountering some challenges.

“The exercise was not entirely free of charge, a patient had to contribute some little money. This acted as a barrier for some few patients who had no money…but generally we can say the exercise went well. My advice is that people should join the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to avoid similar circumstances,” he said.

Domitila Agustino, a patient, thanked the government for its support, saying the outreach programme eliminated the cost of having to travel all the way to MNH in Dar es Salaam.

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