Bangkok:The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared India, Thailand and China as leading countries appropriate for launching pilot projects to combat high blood pressure and diabetes.
Thailand’s Deputy public health minister Vallop Thainuea has said the WHO recognized the country’s potential to contain diseases by nominating for the project which aims at screening 10 million patients to receive medical treatment.
“Ten million Thais currently have high blood pressure but only one third know they have the condition, while three million Thai people have diabetes, but only half recognize they have the disease. Both illnesses can lead to other complications, which require high cost medical treatment,” he said.
The Public Health Ministry will supply blood pressure monitors and blood glucose metres to public health volunteers to perform health check-ups for local residents over 35 years old in August, he said.
The ministry will also offer training for 800,000 health volunteers across the country in July and August. Public relations campaigns will be implemented to urge Thai people to adopt healthy lifestyle to prevent obesity, which can lead to high blood pressure and diabetes, he added.
According to the public health ministry, 30% children in urban areas and 20% children in remote areas are overweight, higher than 10% and 4% respectively in 1989.