Yesterday, while watching 7pm News on KTN, I was struck by a story they aired on a group of Americans working in Nyeri called "MASHAVU".
They go from house to house sensitizing people on the need to have more regular medical checks as a way to detect from very early on if you are suffering from any medical condition before it is too late.
What I found interesting about their work (which they provide free of charge!) is that they do not provide any medication. They simply do a routine checkup on you, and recommend that you to go off and see a doctor in case you need to one. Of course, they are very well connected with people from the medical fraternity and various hospitals.
This highlights one fact, that it is very important for us to see a doctor more regularly for a routine medical check up to ascertain thet we are not developing any hidden medical conditions.
Blood pressure is one such check.
Its amazing how little we think about our blood pressure. yet its very important. indeed its so important that people in the medical fraternity never dilly dally with it. have you noticed how whenever you go to a hospital or clinic for whatever reason, the first thing they do is to take your blood pressure? Even when one is undergoing an operation, ones blood pressure is usually very closely monitored.
If blood pressure is so important, couldnt we take just a few minutes of our time and know a little more about it? couldnt we resolve to monitor it a little more often other than the few times we go to hospital because we are sick? (in which case we dont even bother asking what our blood pressure reading is), wouldnt we want to learn more about what our blood pressure trend is?
For sure, that knowledge could save our lives and of those we love.
Think about it!