ETHIOPIA: Ministry Set to Expand Hypertension Treatment

July 2016 TheEthiopianHerald; “We believe addressing the burden of hypertension through enhanced diagnostics, treatment and training, will enable us achieve the goals set in NCD strategy.”

The Ministry of Health said that it has been making preparations to strengthen Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs) treatment service at 48 sites in seven states.

Following the launch of Healthy Heart Africa Progrmme and the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry and AstraZeneca , trainers of trainer programme was launched Sunday in Adama town. The training helps to strengthen nationwide awareness, prevention, control and treatment of hypertension.

Health Minister Dr. Kestebirhan Admasu said that Ethiopia has made great stride in fighting communicable diseases and is using this experience to tackle NCDs.

“We believe addressing the burden of hypertension through enhanced diagnostics, treatment and training, will enable us achieve the goals set in NCD strategy.”

Addis Ababa University, Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital Health Science Collage Instructor and Internist Dr. Dadi Jimma on his part said hypertension courses have been given to health professionals at college level.

But the treatment was limited only in towns. So far, the treatment is not accessible at the grass root level. Realizing the rate of expansion, the Ministry has given due attention to hypertension and begun offering training to make the treatment accessible to citizens in rural areas, he said.

Africa Partnership Programme Project Lead Gemma Payne on her part said that this particular health innovative programme is focused on raising awareness of cardiovascular diseases in particular hypertension. “We have ambitious plan of reaching ten million people over the next ten years across Africa.”

She further said : ” We are able to raise the awareness of blood pressure and treat patients in expert guideline and training materials. We want patients get access to the best possible management treatment and care for their conditions they can manage appropriately.”

Ministry, NCDs Team Coordinator Dr. Molla Gedefaw on his part said that over the past three years the government has been making efforts to prepare module, treatment guidelines and other documents on NCDs.

In the programme, 26 health professionals drawn from 12 hospitals are attending the training and are expected to train health officers at health station level.

Indicating that the disease is a silent killer; he advised the public to take medical examination.

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