World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day is observed annually on May 17th to raise awareness about hypertension, a common condition that affects over 1 billion people worldwide. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. In Nigeria, it’s estimated that over 30% of the population has hypertension, making it a significant public health concern.

The good news is that hypertension is preventable and manageable with healthy lifestyle habits and proper medical care. Regular blood pressure monitoring is crucial for early detection and control of hypertension. Here are some tips to prevent and manage hypertension:

Measure your blood pressure regularly: It’s important to know your blood pressure numbers and monitor them regularly, especially if you have a family history of hypertension or other risk factors. You can measure your blood pressure at home with a validated, automated blood pressure monitor or at your healthcare provider’s office.

Adopt healthy lifestyle habits: Eating a healthy diet that is low in salt, saturated fats, and added sugars can help lower your blood pressure. Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are also important for preventing and managing hypertension.

Seek medical care if necessary: If your blood pressure numbers are consistently high, or if you have other risk factors for hypertension, it’s important to seek medical care. Your healthcare provider may recommend lifestyle changes, medications, or a combination of both to help manage your blood pressure.

This World Hypertension Day, let’s raise awareness about hypertension and take action to prevent and manage this condition. By measuring our blood pressure regularly, adopting healthy habits, and seeking medical care when necessary, we can reduce our risk of hypertension-related complications and improve our health.

Remember, “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer.” Let’s prioritize our health and take control of our destiny today.


Importance of Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is a crucial aspect of personal hygiene that involves washing hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Maintaining proper hand hygiene is not only important for personal health and hygiene but also for the health of those around us, especially in settings such as hospitals, schools, and other public places. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of hand hygiene and provide some tips on how to maintain proper hand hygiene.

Why is Hand Hygiene Important?

Hand hygiene is important for several reasons, including:

Preventing the Spread of Germs: Germs are everywhere, and they can easily be transferred from one surface to another, and from person to person. By washing our hands regularly, we can remove germs from our hands and prevent their spread.

Reducing the Risk of Infections: Proper hand hygiene can significantly reduce the risk of infections, including respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, and skin infections.

Protecting the Health of Those Around Us: When we practice proper hand hygiene, we not only protect ourselves from germs and infections but also those around us, especially vulnerable individuals like young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Tips for Maintaining Proper Hand Hygiene

To maintain proper hand hygiene, it is essential to follow some simple tips, including:

Wash Your Hands Frequently: You should wash your hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom, before and after eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and after touching public surfaces like doorknobs, elevator buttons, and handrails.

Use Soap and Water: When washing your hands, use soap and water and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to lather all parts of your hands, including your fingers, nails, and wrists.

Use Hand Sanitizer: If you do not have access to soap and water, you can use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Apply a sufficient amount of hand sanitizer to your hands and rub them together until they are dry.

Avoid Touching Your Face: Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose, and eyes, as this can transfer germs from your hands to your face.

Practice Respiratory Etiquette: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of the tissue immediately after use.

Maintaining proper hand hygiene is crucial for personal health and hygiene and for the health of those around us. By following simple tips like washing your hands frequently, using soap and water or hand sanitizer, avoiding touching your face, and practicing respiratory etiquette, you can significantly reduce the spread of germs and infections. Remember, proper hand hygiene is not only important during pandemics, but it should be a part of our daily routine to prevent the spread of germs and infections all year round.

Let’s talk about Haemophilia

Haemophilia is a rare disorder that makes it difficult for the body to stop bleeding. It is caused by a lack of certain proteins that help the blood to clot. This condition is usually inherited, meaning it is passed down from parents to their children. While it affects mostly males, females can also be carriers of the gene.

Symptoms of haemophilia can vary, and they can range from mild to severe. People with haemophilia may experience bleeding after an injury, or they may have bleeding that happens without any reason. In more severe cases, bleeding can happen inside the body and cause pain, swelling, and limited movement.

There is no cure for haemophilia, but it can be managed with proper treatment. Treatment involves replacing the missing clotting proteins, which can be done with injections or infusions. People with haemophilia also need to take steps to prevent bleeding episodes, such as avoiding activities that could cause injury and using soft-bristled toothbrushes. With proper care, people with haemophilia can live full and active lives.