5.8 million patients under hypertension treatment, drug availability biggest challenge: WHO Report

Updated: Sep 20 2023 11:47PM

New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) Around 5.8 million hypertension patients across 27 states were being treated under the Indian Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI's) as of June 2023, the World Health Organization said in a recent report and pointed to the availability of medicines as the biggest challenge .

The IHCI aims to achieve the government's objective of reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 25 per cent by 2025 through evidence-based strategies to strengthen the building blocks of hypertension management and control, its website said.

The initiative was launched in 2017 and involves the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Indian Council of Medical Research, State Governments, and WHO-India.