Hypertension common among PNP personnel-A A +A
Thursday, June 5, 2014
HYPERTENSION and upper respiratory tract infection are two of the most common diseases among personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Senior Superintendent Arnulfo Billote, PNP health service chief, said that as of 2013, 20 percent of policemen serving in the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame have hypertension, a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated.
Upper respiratory tract infection came in second at 10 percent followed by urinary tract infection (6 percent), diabetes and high cholesterol.
In the regional level, the upper respiratory tract infection is on top of the list while hypertension is in second spot.
Billote said diseases were due to stress and lifestyle.
"Mostly kasi particularly those police working in the office wala na silang ibang physical activities kaya karaniwan sa kanila ang hypertension of course given na ang age nila while 'yung mga deployed naman sa streets they are more exposed to different kind of viruses," he said.
He said smoking and drinking of liquor contribute to these illnesses.
With this, the police official encourages policemen to engage in physical activities and get themselves involved in sports.
On May 2, the PNP officially opens its annual sports fest in the Camp Crame as a part of enhancing the total commitment and participation of the PNP personnel to activities involving physical health and wellness,
According to the PNP leadership, the event is a part of the physical fitness and sports development of the police agency not only for the enhancement of morale and welfare of it personnel but also to help them keep themselves fit and healthy. (Sunnex)