Uzbekistan dedicates a week to hypertension prevention

WHO/Aziz Adkhamov

A doctor checking a woman's blood pressure in Uzbekistan.

Free medical tests for measuring blood pressure and calculating body mass index (BMI), followed with counseling if necessary, were part of a week dedicated to raise awareness about hypertension prevention in Uzbekistan. The Ministry of Health organized the week to observe World Health Day, which this year focuses on high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

The week began with a press conference jointly organized by the WHO Country Office and the Ministry of Health on 3 April 2013 in Tashkent, in the presence of Professor Anvar Alimov, Minister of Health, and Dr Asmus Hammerich, WHO Representative to Uzbekistan.

Dr Hammerich pointed to the importance of raising awareness about of the causes and consequences of hypertension. “High blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. The ultimate goal of World Health Day 2013 is to reduce heart attacks and strokes.”

Experts from the ministry and WHO presented an overview of the national and global situation in terms of prevention, control and treatment of hypertension. More than 30 national TV and radio channels and other media covered the issue during the week.