Message from the Regional Director

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Today we are observing World Health Day. Every year WHO uses this occasion to highlight an important health issue. This year the theme of World Health Day is high blood pressure, or hypertension. High blood pressure is a major health issue which affects the lives of nearly 40% of adults over the age of 25 years, around the world, including in this region. It is known as a “silent killer” because in many cases it is detected too late to avoid complications. If not detected early and controlled, high blood pressure leads to stroke, heart disease, heart and kidney failure and blindness.

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