About thirty eight percent (38%) of adult Nigerians aged 18 years and above are hypertensive, according to a recent study by a team of researchers led by Augustine Odili, a professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and lead investigator at the Circulatory Health Research Laboratory of the College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja.
The study which was carried out under the Removing the Mask on Hypertension (REMAH) project, and funded by National Research Fund (batch IV), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) was published in Global Heart (Global Heart. 2020; 15(1): 47. DOI: Visit site).
REMAH was conducted in 12 communities across six states (one state in each of the six geo-political zones) of Nigeria between March 2017 and February 2018, using a sample of 4,192 adult Nigerians with good quality clinic blood pressure readings.
“Prevalence rate varied across states with the South-East out of the six regions, having highest prevalence of hypertension (52.8%) while the lowest rate of 20.9% was observed in the North-Central region,” the study stated. It added that prevalence rate in the North-Central was (20.9%), South-South, (44.6%); South-West (42.1%); North-East (27.5%) and North- West (26.8%).