India's initiative against hypertension gets United Nations award
In a noteworthy development, the India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) has been recognised for its exceptional work in the primary healthcare system. Commending the country's 'large-scale initiative', Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya shared his commitment to further building a 'healthy and fit' India.
"A collaborative initiative of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), State Governments and World Health Organization-India, IHCI has won the '2022 UN Interagency Task Force, and WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care Award' at the UN General Assembly side event held on 21st September 2022 at New York, USA," the health ministry stated.
"IHCI is being implemented in 138 districts of 23 states. More than 34 lakh people with hypertension are taking treatment in Govt health facilities. This highly impactful initiative has received applause from the UN. We are committed to building a healthy & fit India," Mandaviya shared.
Taking to Twitter, he said, "India wins a UN award for "India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)" - a large scale hypertension intervention within the existing primary healthcare system under the National Health Mission. IHCI has strengthened PM Narendra Modi Ji's mission to ensure health & wellness for all."
The ministry of health stated that 'more than 34 lakh' people with hypertension are availing of treatment at government-operated healthcare facilities.
"More than 34 lakh people with hypertension are taking treatment in government health facilities, including AB- Health Wellness Centres," the ministry said.
"Providing people-centric care will help in reducing deaths due to heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure," it added.
In a press release, the ministry enumerated the importance of the drive and said, "Significance of the initiative can be adjudged from the fact that one in four adults in India has high blood pressure. The control of hypertension at the primary care system level will contribute to reducing deaths due to heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure."