The prevention, treatment and management of Hypertension should be regarded with utmost seriousness at all times, as per Principal Nursing Officer (PNO), Terrilia Ravalliere.
Ravalliere made that appeal while addressing an Educational Conference on Hypertensive Health hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Dominica State College at the Public Service Union Building on 2 August 2018.
The PNO noted that World Health Organization statistics reveal an “unfortunate” increase in the number of people suffering from hypertension/high blood pressure.
“It has also contributed substantially to the escalating cost of health care across the world, to which ladies and gentlemen, Dominica is no exception,” Ravalliere stated.
Ravalliere added that hypertension is one of the core chronic non-communicable diseases afflicting our country and the Ministry of Health continues to embark on numerous programs, trainings, legislations, development of manuals and plans to combat prevention and control of hypertension,”
Ravalliere said while it is “assuring that high blood pressure is preventable and is also treatable, it is not comforting to know that it is also a silent killer”.
“Therefore, prevention and control of hypertension must, and I say must, be taken with utter seriousness, and demands a responsive health care service with a multi-sectorial approach as this conference aimed to achieve,” Ravalliere added.