The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed that almost 50 per cent of Ghanaian adults have hypertension.
Dr Dennis Ocansey, the programmes manager of non-communicable diseases for the GHS, revealed this in an interaction with social mobilisation and risk Communication teams on diseases in Koforidua ahead of world Hypertension Day on May 17.
He said 70 per cent of the hypertensive adults were unaware of their status, according to a report by the GNA.
Dr Ocansey said the disease had become a silent killer due to low awareness, killing about 50 per cent of complicated cases like stroke within 24 hours.
He said high cases of the condition had been recorded in urban and rural communities and called on organisations and businesses to create opportunities for people to check their status regularly.
Dr Ocansey added that unhealthy lifestyles, physical inactivity, tobacco usage and harmful use of alcohol were risk factors and called for regular exercises and healthy lifestyles to ensure longevity.