New Delhi. India has received a United Nations award for its initiative to control and prevent hypertension under the National Health Mission. The Union Health Ministry said in a statement that India's Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) has received this approval for its exceptional work within the existing primary health system of the country. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted, "IHCI strengthens Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mission of ensuring health and well-being for all. We are committed to building a healthy and fit India."
IHCI is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), state governments, and the World Health Organization-India. According to the statement, IHCI was awarded the '2022 UN Interagency Task Force, and WHO Special Program on Primary Health Care Award' on 21 September at an event held on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
The award recognizes India's outstanding commitment and action to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and provide integrated people-centered primary care, the statement said. The importance of this initiative can be gauged from the fact that one out of every four adults in India suffers from hypertension, the ministry said. It states that controlling high blood pressure at the primary care level can reduce deaths from heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure.