The Chief Medical Director (CMD), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Professor Temitope Alonge, has said about 35 per cent of residents of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital are hypertensive.
Alonge disclosed this while featuring on Fresh FM live radio programme monitored in Ibadan.
He said that the discovery was revealed after a project initiated by the hospital, during which its workers tested residents in their homes and offices.
According to him, the tests showed that about 35 per cent of residents lived with hypertension, with most of them unaware.
Alonge stressed the need for Nigerians to take their health serious by embracing preventive measures to reduce sudden deaths.
“The commonest cause of deaths in adult population since 2004 is stroke due to hypertension. From our tests, about 35 per cent of Ibadan residents are hypertensive,” he said.
He urged governments in the South-Western states to support the hospital because the patients came mostly from the states.
Alonge said that the hospital had concluded plans to manufacture fluids and some basic drugs in its efforts to reduce negative impact of poor funding,
He said production would begin within the next six months.
The project, according to him, would be executed based on public private partnership (PPP).