Check your blood pressure, Aisha Buhari tells pregnant women

Check your blood pressure, Aisha Buhari tells pregnant women
November 29 18:15 2017

By Ahmed Idris

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has called on pregnant women to have their blood pressure (BP) checked regularly to check the increasing rate of maternal mortality due to hypertension.

According to a statement by her spokesman, Suleiman Haruna, Mrs. Buhari made the charge during the health screening exercise organized by Future Assured Programme at King Fahd Women and Children Hospital in Gusau on Wednesday.

She was represented at the event by Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, Zonal Coordinator (North East) Future Assured Programme.

“Some pregnant women with high blood pressure tend to have eclampsia which can result in death; this may be because they do not know that their blood pressure is high” said Mrs. Buhari, adding that;

“The first time they know about their BP status is when they have convulsion during pregnancy. At that point, it may be too late. There is therefore the need for women to be conscious of this and be proactive in matters of their health”

She urged stakeholders to do more because “maternal mortality rate is high in Nigeria, therefore we need all hands on deck to ensure that this situation is reversed”.

Wife of the Governor of Zamfara state, Hajiya Asmaú Abdulazeez Yari in her welcome address, reiterated the need for women to attend ante-natal care clinics during pregnancy to avoid complications arising from high blood pressure and other diseases. She said the call by Mrs. Buhari is in line with the focus of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week, which is still being observed in the state through vitamin A supplementation, immunization, deworming and malaria diagnosis.

She thanked Mrs. Buhari for conducting the exercise in Zamfara state, thereby creating more awareness on the need for health consciousness among women.

At the exercise, over 2000 women were screened, tested, diagnosed and given drugs for Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Malaria, while 3000 children were dewormed in 5 primary schools including Ibrahim Gusau and Tudun Wada Primary schools.