Hypertension is a silent killer, especially since its effects are not always visible until severe damage has occurred.
The purpose of the event, held in Mbieri, was to raise awareness and explain the symptoms of high blood pressure (hypertension) in simple terms.
The day consisted of a lecture about blood pressure, featuring a definition of hypertension, available treatments, a list of potential risks and recommendations on how to counter them.
It was conducted in the local Igbo language to help the participants understand the subject matter.
After the lecture, all participants had their blood pressure checked in the designated booth. The results were then reviewed and those showing signs of hypertension were noted for follow up by Ohohia Medical Center.
The checks were followed up by a medication review by Cympok Pharmacy for those participants who are already on anti-hypertensive medications.
A free lunch and care packet that included toothpaste, a toothbrush, body wash and deodorant were given to all participants and volunteers.
Some local members of the press and bloggers attended the event. You can read their report online or view a short summary video here.