The Chief Medical Director (CMD), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Professor Temitope Alonge has revealed that about 35 per cent of residents of Ibadan.
Prof. Alonge who made the revelation during a media program in Ibadan the Oyo State capital said the discovery was made following the initiation of a project by UCH, Ibadan, during which its workers tested residents in their homes and offices.
He said that the tests showed that about 35 per cent of residents lived with hypertension, with most of them unaware that they had such condition.
The erudite professor therefore stressed the need for Nigerians to take their health more seriously and to embrace preventive measures that could reduce sudden death.
In his words, the “commonest cause of deaths in adult population since 2004 is stroke due to hypertension. From our tests, about 35 per cent of Ibadan residents are hypertensive.”
Prof Alonge used the occasion to call on state governments to support hospitals to provide subsidized health services to the ordinary people especially from the rural areas adding that the hospital had concluded plans based on public private partnership (PPP), to manufacture fluids and some basic drugs in its efforts to address poor funding of the hospital.