Staff Correspondent

Free detection camp will be conducted tomorrow

About 200 centres will be set up

1,000 doctors to attend camp

Belgaum: The KLE University will organise a free hypertension detection camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. According to a release issued by Registrar P.F. Kotur here on Thursday, it has been planned to screen the entire population of Belgaum city who are aged 30 and above. About 200 centres covering all wards of Belgaum city will be set up. Nearly 1,000 doctors will conduct the camp and about 2,000 students from KLE institutions and volunteers will motivate the public to attend the camp.

Municipal corporators will inaugurate the centres in their respective areas and will also help in mobilising the public to attend the camp. All the people are requested to attend the camp. In urban areas, nearly 25 per cent of the adult population, aged above 40, are suffering from hypertension (BP above 140/90). Nearly 50 per cent are in the pre-hypertensive phase (BP between 120/80 and 140/90). If these people do not modify their lifestyle, they are likely to develop hypertension in due course. That means only 25 per cent have normal blood pressure level.

Hypertension causes damage to important organs such as brain, heart, kidneys and eyes. By controlling blood pressure level, the damage can be reduced. Then how can this be achieved?

KLE University Free Hypertension Detection Camp will help educate the people on hypertension and also encourage them to take treatment regularly. It will stimulate young doctors to conduct such projects in the coming years.

He said if society wants to reduce the prevalence of hypertension and its complications, university doctors, staff, students, other doctors, public and the media will have to work together.

“We need to team up for a healthy heart. By avoiding smoking, leading a calm and happy life, reducing excessive salt and fat in diet, doing regular exercise, maintaining ideal weight, keeping blood sugar and cholesterol levels under control, one can try to avoid hypertension,” Mr. Kotur said.

He said the camp was being co-sponsored by the Indian Medical Association, Belgaum North Branch, the Cardiological Society of India, the North-West Chapter of Karnataka, the Indian College of Cardiology and supported by the Belgaum City Corporation, the Information Department, general practitioners, private hospitals and nursing homes, social clubs such as Giants, Lions, Rotarians, the Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Jain Madhyavarthi Samaj and other social organisations.