Kenyans to Get Free Blood Pressure Screening in Awareness Drive

Kenyans will undergo free blood pressure screening from next week as the government rolls out a month-long campaign aimed at creating awareness about hypertension.
The campaign dubbed ‘Pima Pressure’ will run for the whole of May where Kenyans will have an opportunity to get screened at stations set up in referral hospitals, public universities and various pick-up points countrywide.
Speaking during the launch of the campaign, spearheaded by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with Kenya Cardiac Society and Healthy Heart Africa, Health Principal Secretary Julius Korir said the ministry targets at least 200,000 people to get screened during the drive.
“We want to encourage all Kenyans to regularly measure their blood pressure because awareness is the first step to better health.
“We will have free blood pressure screening and education at various locations in the country during the campaign period starting next week,” he said.
Pima Pressure is part of May Measurement Month (MMM), a worldwide screening initiative aimed at raising awareness about blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.
Kenyans were urged to come out in large numbers and get screened for blood pressure on May 17, where we will join other countries in commemoration of World Hypertension Day at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.
 
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