Most COVID-19 deaths presented hypertension as an underlying condition, says Uganda

The Ministry of Health in Uganda on October 19, said that a majority of deaths reported in the country due to COVID-19, presented a similar underlying condition.  

Elaborating further, the Ministry said that more than three-quarters of the COVID-19 deaths registered, had high blood pressure or hypertension as an underlying condition. Taking it to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, the Ministry tweeted, “8 out of 10 of the COVID-19 deaths in Uganda presented with high blood pressure as an underlying condition.” 

With 27 per cent, Africa has the highest prevalence of hypertension.  

It must be noted that the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) had said that people with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer, and older people are more prone to developing serious illnesses after contracting the infection. 

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