Papua New Guineas have been urged to be pro-active about heart problems brought on by high blood pressure.
That came atWorld Health DayCommemoration held atthe Department of Health Port Moresby.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is one ofthe leading causes of heart disease and stroke responsible for early deaths.
The secluded yet important occasion was attended by Minister for Health Michael Malabag, Secretary Pascoe Kase,World Health Organization representatives, and staff ofthe department.
Before formalities, staff and guests hadtheir blood pressures checked, in line withthetheme for this year.
Beginningthe program, Secretary Kase highlightedthe need for people to changetheir lifestyles that posed a threat totheir health.
It is estimated that twenty per cent of patients brought to hospitals suffer from health problems brought on by high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is classiflied as a non-communicable disease, one that can be avoided.
WHO Country Representttative Dr William Ado-Krow said it is important to monitor your blood pressure levels so steps can be taken to control it.
Also present was Professor Isi Kevau ofthe University of Papua New Guinearsquo;s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
He said heart diseases and strokes, among thers, were onthe rise in PNG and could eclipse communicable diseases such as TBe malaria, and HIV/AIDS.
Health Minister Michael Malabagsaid it is a mammoth task in addressing high blood pressure, but he is committed to ensure positive interventions are in place.
All speakers re-iteratedthe need to go for regular blood checks for early detection, and reduce high blood pressure.
Cedric Patjole, National EMTV News