Mr. Andre Van Gils, the President and CEO of Omron Healthcare Europe B.V, has revealed that the high level of indifference the generality of Nigerians show towards their health has greatly increased the number of hypertensive people in the country.
According to PUNCH reports, Van Gils said most people living with the condition had no idea they had it. He also urged the public to live healthier instead of leaving everything in the hands of doctors and pharmacists.
In a statement released by Van Gils on Friday, July 3, 2015, he stated that there were quite a number of health care issues which needed addressing. He also revealed that his company had entered into a partnership with New Heights Pharma, a Nigerian company, so as to address some of these health care issues.
He said, “Currently, the prevailing rate of sudden death in the country is increasing, and based on available reports, this is largely due to poor awareness and personal health management.
“In Nigeria, it takes hours to see a doctor, and we know that one in every three Nigerian adult is hypertensive but many people are not aware of this. So, there is need for health awareness. And that is why we have also made our products affordable so we can help people to improve their health.”
The Managing Director of New Heights Pharma, Mr. Omaruaye Ogheneochuko, said the partnership was essential because it would make sure to avail the average Nigerian access to the products.