PORT Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) staff and young people are urged to have regular medical check-ups.
Ambulatory clinic coordinator Dr Andrew Ame said: “We are starting to see young people admitted for stroke.”
He said 40 per cent of more than 2,000 staff of PMGH – that’s including the contractors-have hypertension (high blood pressure) issues and three per cent face severe issues. “That is a worrying trend now because the population is not aware of preventative measures like healthy diet, exercise routines and avoiding stress.
“With the introduction of a lot of processed food, we are seeing a lot of cases with high blood pressure,” Ame said.
He encouraged the staff of PMGH to take their leave and comply with treatment.
Director of the Sir Buri Kidu Heart Clinic Prof Sir Isi Kevau said 20 patients were admitted each day to PMGH for stroke, with high blood pressure as the common cause.
“There are two trees, one tree is called tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS presenting infectious diseases and the other tree is lifestyle disease.
“And the number one condition of lifestyle disease is stroke followed by diabetes and kidney problems,” Sir Isi said. Stroke is a really serious issue that needs attention.
All humans depend on the speech area on the left side of the brain, but if you have a stroke it will affects the left side of the brain and you will not be able to talk.
Sir Isi encouraged everyone who are stroke patients to be compliant with treatment and for each family to at least own a blood pressure machine and have (especially the younger ones) regular checkups.
To strengthen awareness in communities and schools, PMGH has an awareness committee that was formed early this month to initiate awareness programmes.
Chairman of the PMGH awareness committee Dr Benjamin Daur said hospital procedures and protocols were not known to the public.
He said they were looking into ways of changing that.
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