Blood Pressure Outbreaks Looms across Somalia and is facing a food paradox

 soyda1The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) is aiming to circulate the country’s blood pressure status on behalf of the World Health Day celebration on April 7, 2013.

While there are multiple causes of high blood pressure and other chronic diseases, poor diets are among the most significant. There are nearly one billion people hungry and one billion people overweight, and in many countries these problems now exist simultaneously. Although they may seem to be opposite problems, reports from groups such as the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BFCN) have linked both hunger and obesity with diets lacking in nutrients.

Many of the best anti-hunger and anti-obesity groups have been so focused on their own important work that they have not been able to come together on common challenges. The solutions to hunger, obesity and agriculture issues are all out there. We need to bring our visions for the food system together to make these solutions a reality.

In Somalia still there are prolonged suicide explosions and sporadic fighting’s affected Somali society nationwide and there is no new plan to ensure universal healthcare in Somalia. The most regions in the country faced shortage of health facilities that caused many vulnerable peoples to be very deficiency by dangerous diseases including blood pressure.

The country’s health system was virtually destroyed more than 20 years of conflict, as well as no way you can advice the people to maintain using the nutritious food due to the lack of enhancing individual’s good health and nutrition as well as there is no any approach to relief assistance for people and communities in crisis, including social safety nets and livelihood support projects or awareness campaigns going on so far and yet across Somalia according to SOMESHA domestic research.

This year, World Health Day focuses on high blood pressure, one of the many chronic diseases that are increasingly common around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that one-third of adults worldwide have high blood pressure, and one in ten adults worldwide have diabetes. These diseases are already well known in Somalia, where high blood pressure affects 50 percent of Somalia’s adults. However, the highest levels of hypertension now occur in many African countries, where more than 40 percent of adults are affected, and where the money and infrastructure needed for treatment are most lacking.


Then again, the Somali Young Doctors Association (SOYDA) today joins the world celebration in marking World Health Day by making people aware of the importance of maintaining and controlling the Blood Pressure to be in good health to lead productive lives.

SOYDA focus was on how good health can help men and women to lead full lives and be a resource to their families and communities.

Dr. Maryan, SOYDA Hal-wadag clinical officer said that with a good diet, exercise and regular health checks particularly diabetic and Hypertensive patients, “there’s no reason why elder people cannot live active and enriching lives.”

Suleyman Ali, a 77-year-old in Hodan District said: “No one cares about our health. There is not enough accessible and affordable health care for people like me that can focus on Hypertension and Diabetic. “I need to support my family, earn a living and stay healthy. How can I do that if I cannot access medical and social care for myself as Hypertensive patient? For a nation to be healthy, healthcare services need to be revitalised so that medical treatments are accessible by all.”

Finally, SOYDA screened 79 adult patients that are not previously having known to be hypertensive patients (57 Female and 22 Male) for two health centers on measuring mass blood pressure, 8 of them suddenly been observed mild hypertension, 2 severe and were giving consultations and treatments.


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