Tackling hypertension nationally and globally will require innovative thinking that looks at the condition as a socio-economic and systemic issue. Today, 16 May, is World Hypertension Day. This day comes at the time where an imploding epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases is threatening national healthcare systems sustainability and the economy of the country. Last year an estimated 42% to 54% of South Africans were suffering from hypertension and this figure is expected to increase exponentially.
A study by Wits University scientists revealed that South Africa has the highest prevalence of hypertension in southern Africa, as well as the largest number of people whose blood pressure is still not controlled, even while on treatment……more