Tajikistan runs big health check-up campaign for World Health Day


A woman gets blood pressure checked at a free check-up camp in Tajikistan

About 500 000 people benefited from free medical consultations and basic check-ups with health advice during the World Health Day campaign in Tajikistan. Many were for the first time diagnosed with health issues and referred to further specialized medical care. 

WHO and the Ministry of Health organized the campaign “Healthy person – healthy nation” to mark World Health Day, which this year focuses on high blood pressure, also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension. Medical workers participated in the campaign and encouraged people to take steps to prevent and manage hypertension.

Free medical check-up camps were organized in Dushanbe and district medical centres around the country. Citizens could avail basic examination for blood pressure, blood sugar, vision, weight and height. Electrocardiogram, mobile X-ray and mobile ultrasonography services were available to patients if necessary. They also received dietary and other health advice. Hospitals performed all surgeries, including elective operations, free of charge during the campaign.

The central TV channel broadcast the event as a special TV programme called “Health Telemarathon” with reports from across the country. Speaking to the media, WHO Representative to Tajikistan, Dr Pavel Ursu, said, “Each person should be responsible for his or her own health and regularly monitor blood pressure. High blood pressure is preventable, and can be countered by reducing salt intake, eating a balanced diet, avoiding the harmful use of alcohol, taking regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding tobacco use.”

WHO was implementing this activity within the framework of the European Union funded "Technical Assistance in Support of Health Care Reform in Tajikistan" project.