Tribune Information Service
Shimla, August 22
Himachal is quickly working its means up the hypertension ladder. As per the information launched by the Banaras Hindu College and the Grid Council after analysing the Longitudinal Ageing Research of India (LASI) amongst adults over 45 years throughout the nation, a whopping 54.1 per cent of the inhabitants (above 45 years) suffers from hypertension and 42.1 per cent are in pre-hypertension stage within the state. Worryingly, the figures are a lot larger than the nationwide common – 44.9 per cent (hypertension) and 39.7 per cent (pre-hypertension).
Must strengthen well being providers
The well being providers on the main stage have to be strengthened. Individuals above 30 years of age must be vigilant about their blood stress. — Archisman Mohapatra, Govt Director, Grid council
Whereas most states have logged excessive percentages, the numbers Himachal has thrown up has stumped the researchers. “For a hilly state like Himachal, the place individuals lead an lively life-style, the numbers are fairly stunning,” stated Archisman Mohapatra, government director, Grid Council. “We have to have a look at different danger elements resembling weight-reduction plan, smoking and consumption of alcohol,” stated Mohapatra.
He additional stated that given the variety of individuals affected by pre-hypertension was additionally excessive, the state was heading in direction of a well being disaster, if the required measures weren’t taken. “The well being providers on the main stage have to be strengthened. Medicines have to be accessible on the PHC and the sub-centre stage, and folks above 30 years of age must be vigilant about their blood stress,” he stated.
Among the many northern states, Himachal is second to solely Punjab (60.1 per cent) by way of the hypertension figures. All different states together with J&Ok (50.1 per cent), Haryana (52.3 per cent) and Delhi (50.7 per cent) have logged decrease share than Himachal.
By the way, Himachal had fared poorly in an ICMR examine on diabetes, too, just a few months again. As per that pan-India examine, the state had ranked seventh by way of the prevalence of diabetes – 11.5 per cent individuals had been discovered diabetic as in opposition to the nationwide common of 10 per cent. Additionally, the examine had indicated that weight problems, too, was on the rise within the state.