“Adequate physical exercise can control blood pressure”

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Martins Ifijeh

Doctors have called on Nigerians to exercise because it can help control blood pressure.

Speaking during the presentation of the 2018 Nigerian Bulletin on Physical Activity for Children and Youth and the unveiling of the ‘Exercise is Medicine’ initiative by the Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) in Lagos recently, the Director General of the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Professor Babatunde Salako, said exercise is essential to human health.

He said: “The NIMR is meant to conduct research and I think noncommunicable diseases are part of that as well. There are health issues and until we are able to reorganize our health care system, we may not be able to solve them.

“We want to appreciate the Nigeria Heart Foundation. The Medicare card could be used as policy making by the government.

“I could see that one of the things highlighted is that there are reports of research being done on physical activities, especially when it comes to children and young people.

“I will say that the issue of exercise is very important. People who cannot afford medication can exercise to keep their blood pressure down.

Speaking on “Exercise is medicine,” he added that the essence of it was to make sure doctors prescribe exercise.

NHF Executive Board Chairman Dr Olufemi Mobolaji-Lawal said the newsletter will be used for research and policy implementation.

“This launch is a plea for research work and policy implementation. We use the map to assess the physical activities of Nigerians. There is a lot to be done on the exercise because the consciousness is low.

“Every environment is conducive to physical activity in Africa. The weather is nice. The report considers the environment and makes the environment very conducive to physical activities.

“The environment is changing and we must adopt. We want everyone to be active and we are trying to design a way for them to be active, which is our main motivation, ”he said.

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