The Chief Medical Director, St Lawrence Clinic, Dr Chibueze Tobechukwu, has appealed to Nigerians to ensure that they regularly embark on medical checkups so as to know their sugar level and blood pressure for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The medical doctor, who made the call as a guest speaker at a get together/end of year dinner party organized by the 1997 Set of Immaculate Conception College Old Boys Association (ICCOBA), Benin City, Edo State, said it is a high time Nigerians cultivated the habit of checking their blood pressure every month.
He named high blood pressure as one of the silent killer diseases, adding that between 120 over 80 is optimal blood pressure, while between 140 over 90 optimal blood pressure means that it is high, which usually caused elevated blood pressure or hypertension.
The health expert pointed out that, blood pressure has a propensity of affecting every part of the body organs, also known as multi systemic diseases, stressing that heart, brain, lever, kidney and other parts of the body are at risk.
According to him, most of the complications that cause blood pressure are often silent.
His word said”, if you are 40 years and above, it is vital for you to check your blood pressure regularly, at least once in a month and this will help to avert early death”.
Tobechukwu listed some of the factors that can lead to high blood pressure which he said include, stress, excessive alcohol and excessive salt intake as well as diabetes, just as he advised that physical, emotional and psychological stresses should be avoided because it causes blood pressure.
He also advised men that drink alcohol to drink not more than two bottles of beer a week, explaining that excessive alcohol is predispose to elevation of blood pressure.
To the wives of the members of ICCOBA 1997 Set, he declared “try as much as possible to reduce the volume of salt you apply to food because too much salt consumption has the tendency of increasing blood pressure and diabetes”.
Comrade Osayi Courage Osamwonuyi, Class of 1997 set, while stating the essence of the event, said that the occasion was planned to coincide with this year’s yuletide, adding that the programme featured sports, such as Tennis, Konfu, football, long Tennis.
Dr. Jude Odiase, Senior Registrar in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City opined that current research reveals that majority of people between the age of 17 and 37 years are known to suffer hypertension because of their social life style and that most of the conditions that lead to high blood pressure are as a result of organs failure in the human body system.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.