Every Third Mumbaikar In 18-69 Age Group Has High BP; Know Why?

Mumbai: Mumbaikars consume 8.9 grams of salt daily on average, which is much higher than the healthy level of 5 grams recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to a scientific study conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The study was conducted on over 5,000 residents of Mumbai.

As a result of such a high level of salt consumption, every third Mumbaikar in the 18-69 age group has got high blood pressure, found the highly scientific STEP survey conducted by the BMC, News18 reported.

According to BMC Health Commissioner Dr Sanjeev Kumar, the preliminary analysis showed that 34% of residents of Mumbai have hypertension which could be linked to excessive salt consumption. Hypertension has emerged as one of the biggest reasons for deaths and BMC is in the process of setting up a comprehensive public health plan to tackle it, confirmed Dr Kumar.

Dr Mangala Gomare, the Executive Health Officer at BMC, said that high blood pressure cases have been prevalent in Mumbai. If left untreated, they can lead to strokes and even heart attacks.

BMC’s plan to address the situation

  • Community health workers will conduct a door-to-door screening for hypertension in slum and slum-like pockets.
  • According to Dr  Gomare, they will also dedicate a corner for non-communicable diseases in major hospitals to check the blood pressure of every registered patient and also of those who accompany them.
  • In the next 1-1.5 months, BMC will also set up small clinics in the form of ‘porta cabins’ in slums.
  • Polyclinics will also be set up in some of BMC’s existing dispensaries for free check-ups and treatment. The goal is to screen people who are above 30 years of age in the city for hypertension.
  • People with harmful levels of blood pressure will be sent to civic doctors for medication.
  • Deputy Executive Health Officer of BMC, Dr Daksha Shah said BMC has begun a lifestyle intervention programme for hypertension and diabetes patients. “Between November 2021 and June 2022, we counselled over 12,000 patients with help of dieticians.

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