Hypertension - Some 22% of Malians suffer from hypertension in a country where there is only one cardiologist to every 405,000 patients or 35 altogether across the country, PANA learnt at the first congress of the Malian Society of Cardiology (SOMACAR) which ended Monday in Bamako.
The theme of the meeting was: 'Hypertension, the silent killer'.
The objective of the congress, according to the organisers, is to sensitize public opinion on the dangers of the disease.
SOMACAR has also recommended sensitization campaigns and early detection of the Non-Communicable-Diseases (NCD) at schools to prevent any surprise attack by the disease.
According to the cardiologists, cardiovascular as well as metabolic diseases like diabetes and cancer constitute real weapons of mass destruction.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says 1.5 billion people, 150 million of them in Sub-Saharan Africa, will suffer from hypertension by 2025.
Dr. Oumar Bâh, the chairman of SOMACAR, said the figures do not reflect the reality because hypertension is a silent disease that is detected only when the patient is affected by other dramatic complications like cerebral vascular accidents, cardiac failure, myocardial infarction and renal failure.