Hypertension is one of the scariest conditions any person could have. First, because it is generally asymptomatic. Second, it becomes a stepping stone for other diseases. Lastly, once you have hypertension, you’ll always have it.. (may forever sa hypertension). That’s why hypertension is a big deal! It not only causes problems to your heart and blood vessels, it also causes problems to other organs like the kidney, liver and even your eyes! We should not wait for the start of complications to set in..
KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
..in that way, we can control and prevent co-morbidities to set in.
During our fifth community exposure in Barangay Sinai, we did a resurvey and was able to accomplish 50% of the total households. We found out that among the 159 people we checked, 117 were hypertensives. That’s roughly around 73%. The good news though is that 29% of these hypertensives are now taking medications and are allegedly, complaint. We are now working on creating or adapting an intervention that would help us monitor these hypertensives when it comes to taking their medications everyday. Although we now have 4 members in our core group, I doubt they would be able to monitor all hypertensive individuals taking medications. But aside from the medications, the members of the core group are now competent enough to detect and monitor hypertensives by taking their blood pressures.
Logbooks were also given for each member for their corresponding purok assigned.
Pink for purok Mahogany
White for purok Kalobian
Orange for purok Mangga
Blue for purok Porungan
They were also given instructions on BP taking as well as notes on when to refer and what health teaching they could impart to hypertensives they encounter.
For the succeeding exposures, we aim to minimize uncontrolled hypertensives to 50% and I believe it’s doable since we’ll be living in the community for 10 months.
More updates soon.