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Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure Leads to Kidney Failure – Commissioner

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan has explained that uncontrolled high blood pressure could lead to kidney failure, requiring dialysis, adding that if those with high blood pressure as well as diabetes had accessed treatment early enough, such people wouldn’t have ended up with kidney failure.
The commissioner, while speaking at the flag off a Free Health Programme for all public servants in the state yesterday, stated that based on analysis carried out in major hospitals in the state, it was revealed that the commonest cause of sudden death in Nigeria today was uncontrolled high blood pressure, adding that was why the state government was doing blood pressure check for all civil servants, including their family members.
Adeduntan said, the free health check programme was an initiative of Governor Abiola  Ajimobi led admimistration, aimed at promoting good health among career civil servants and political appointees.

 “The governor, out of his benevolence decided we cut down on incidences of sudden death in our society.”

According to the health commissioner, the event is not a one-off programme but one that will endure over time.

“As long as the government of Oyo State continues to exist, the Ministry of Health will be available to check blood pressure free of charge, including in all our hospitals; anybody can walk into our hospitals and get their blood pressure checked.”

The commissioner added that the programme was not only limited to civil servants: “we also want your family members to come into the ministry. We have a dedicated room where your blood pressure as well as your blood glucose can be checked and those of your family because we want a healthy workforce. If the civil servant is happy and the family is happy, the whole workforce is happy.”

The commissioner of health and the health team also paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Olalekan Alli.

Speaking, the SSG said one of the legacies of Governor Abiola Ajimobi was an efficient, healthy citizenry and an effective workforce.

“No doubt that our health is our wealth and it is in tandem with this principle that this programme has been put in place to ensure that we are able to eliminate such causes of sudden death as high blood pressure and such other fatalities that people have been experiencing in the state.

“This is something that is heart-lifting, it is exciting and I will like to use this medium to encourage and implore all and sundry to participate in this exercise.

“I sincerely believe that the focus on enhanced health of everyone in Oyo State in general and the workforce in particular is something that will add value addition to the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the SSG concluded.”

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