It is estimated that 4.7 million people are suffering from hypertension in Nepal.

At an interaction organised by the Department of Health Services on the occasion of World Hypertension Day here today, Director of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division Dr Chuman Lal Das said that 4.7 million people had hypertension in the country.

He shared that of them, one million people knew about their condition and 400,000 were taking medicine.

Out of 400,000 hypertension patients, who have been taking medi-and sugar consumption to avoid highblood pressure.

Department Director General Dr Dipendra Raman Singh underlined the need to increase public awareness about hypertension along with arrangements for medical care.

He said, health posts, primary health centres and hospitals ensure special services for hypertension. Regular measurement of blood pressure level and intake of medicine contribute to control of the condition.

Senior cardiologist Dr Om Murti Anil said that 10 per cent of people aged 15-24 are diagnosed with hypertension while this size is 50 per cent among the population above 40. Ac-

A version of this article appears in the print on May 18, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.