Namibia records 19,541 new cases of people with high blood pressure in 2012

WINDHOEK: Namibia recorded a worrying 19 541 new cases of people with high blood pressure or hypertension in 2012.

A total of 263 deaths from the same cause were recorded just in State hospitals alone during the same year.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Dr Norbert Forster revealed this information today during the commemoration of World Hypertension Day in the capital.

The day is aimed at raising public awareness about hypertension, its preventive measures as well as complications.

Forster said in 2011, about 16 541 new cases of hypertension were recorded.

The Khomas Region recorded the highest number of new cases in 2011 at 3 963. This number increased to 6 041 new cases in 2012.

He said this clearly reveals that people living in the city of Windhoek need to seriously strive to improve their lifestyle as a matter of urgency.