Parliament will soon be getting an ultra-modern gym and a functional restaurant to enable Members of Parliament stay fit and healthy, Speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Oquaye has said.
According to the legislators, there is the need to exercise adequately and eat well, hence the need to set up these facilities.
The Job600 block which was commissioned by the previous administration to accommodate offices for Members of Parliament has spaces for these facilities.
The Speaker’s comments follows a statement made by Dr. Okoe Boye to mark World Hypertension Day, which is observed every 17th May each year.
He stated that the only way to know one’s blood pressure is to get it checked by a health worker.
“Thirty (30) percent of all Ghanaian adults have been determined to be hypertensive. What is even more worrying is that only one third 1/3 of this number are aware of their status” Dr. Okoe Boye said.
By this statistics, approximately ninety two (92) Members of Parliament are supposed to be hypertensive with only thirty (30) out of this number knowing their status.
High blood pressure is a condition in which the blood pressure in the individual is higher than the normal level. An elevated blood pressure silently and gradually causes damage to blood vessels in the brain, heart, kidney and eyes, ultimately resulting in stroke, kidney failure, heart disease and consequently early death.
Risk factors that predispose people to hypertension include physical inactivity, obesity/overweight, family history/hereditary, race-black race, alcohol abuse, drug abuse/steroids, herbal preparation.
Dr.Okoe Boye who is also the Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku, stated: “The message on this day is simple – Get your BP checked, it is the only way to know and for those on medication, take your medications daily, that is the surest way to a long complication free life.
Eat well, sleep sufficiently, exercise adequately and you can avoid Hypertension or minimize its effects on the body”.
Doctors in Korle Bu Teaching Hospital estimate that seventy percent of all deaths at the hospital are caused by hypertensive conditions. Seven out of ten, hypertension is the culprit when you hear of an adult who lost his or her life.