To celebrate 2017 World Heart Day and help lower the risk of developing heart disease among Nigerians, HealthPlus Limited, the fastest growing pharmacy chain in West Africa has launched Healthy Heart Check Service, a value-adding service initiative aimed at further helping to prevent and reduce cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in the country.
Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday at the launch of the initiative, Pharm. (Mrs) O. A. Bukky George, founder & CEO, HealthPlus Limited, said that heart diseases is one of the greatest causes of premature death, adding that, in Nigeria, 436 males and 476 females out of every 100,000 die as a result of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
While noting that these deaths can be prevented, the HealthPlus boss stated that the Healthy Heart Check will help lower the risk of developing heart disease, which is common but preventable.
The service, she said, will include a private consultation to review patient’s medical history, current medications and lifestyle as well as carry out a range of diagnostic tests which focus on different conditions all of which cause heart disease.
Those diagnostics tests, according to Pharm. Bukky George, includes: Blood pressure measurement, blood glucose measurement, body max index measurement, total triglyceride measurement, blood cholesterol measurement, high density lipoprotein measurement (HDL) and low density lipoprotein measurement (LDL).
HealthPlus pharmacists, who have been adequately trained and equipped with standard operating procedures (SOPs), she said, will after the diagnostic tests, be able to tell clients their cardiac age, predict their risk of developing heart disease in the next 10 years, as well as advise them on how to improve their heart health and live healthy lifestyle.
The HealthPlus CEO disclosed that the company has partnered with RapidCheck Diagnosis & Wellness Limited to carry out the service, adding that RapidCheck Diagnosis will provide the monitors which will be used for the service.
The Healthy Heart Check Service, she said, will be officially launched across 20 branches of HealthPlus Pharmacy on Friday, 29th September and will cost customers 4,500nches of HealthPlus Pharmacy on Friday, 29th September and will cost customers 4,500 naira only, adding that to celebrate World Heart Day 2017, HealthPlus will offer 20 free blood glucose tests at all HealthPlus stores nationwide on 29th September.
She stated further that HealthPlus intend to expand the Healthy Heart Check Service to all 46 locations of HealthPlus branches all over the country because the company is committed to ensuring every Nigerian is ‘Healthy Heart Aware.
Also speaking at the occasion, Pharm. Chijioke Onyia, MD of RapidCheck Diagnosis said that his company decided to partner with HealthPlus because it is a reputable organisation with a track record of excellence.
He reiterated his company’s commitment to partnership, pledging that RapidCheck Diagnosis will provide all that is needed to ensure the success of the initiative.