In the next 18 months, an estimated 50 lakh adults in all six districts of Nagpur division will undergo screening for hypertension and diabetes as part of the government’s initiative to identify patients early and treat these diseases. Divisional commissioner Sanjeev Kumar launched the door-to-door screening health initiative, saying hypertension is one of the biggest killers in the world. Only adults aged 30 and above will be screened in this campaign.
“A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that in 2019 hypertension tops the list of diseases in the world. Problem is that many people are not even aware that they are suffering from hypertension. Data shows that 1.4 billion people in the world suffer from high blood pressure, that’s more than the population of India. The shocking part is that less than 50% of the people are aware that they suffer from it,” said Kumar. After screening for hypertension, patients will also be provided free medication by the government
The door-to-door screening campaign will be run using the existing 1,800-odd health sub-centres in all districts. Each sub-centre’s screening team will be headed by a Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine, and Surgery (BAMS) doctor, and will include ASHA workers along with others. A state-wise estimate of people suffering from hypertension puts Kerala at the top.
Kumar revealed that this initiative has already taken off in a few districts and up to July 2019, already 52,019 hypertension and 4,064 diabetes patients have been put under regular treatment with patient centric care.