In a bid to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension; a rare deadly disease that affects the hearts and lungs, Cardiac Community is set to host the 3rd edition of its annual walkathon tagged walk4PH
The walkathon will hold at Police College Ikeja on the 7th of May 2022 by 8 am.
This year’s event themed “Pulmonary Hypertension has no borders”, is a nod to the fact that PH can affect people of all ages, sex, race, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
Speaking on this year’s event, Ayotunde Omitogun, Co-founder of Cardiac Community said, “This year will be the 10th anniversary of World Pulmonary Hypertension day and we are happy to join them to celebrate this day and raise the necessary awareness of this deadly disease in Nigeria.
“Pulmonary hypertension causes the heart to overwork, which can eventually lead to heart failure. This disease has no known cure, only treatments that can help reduce and manage the condition but these treatments are still not easily available in Nigeria and it is still underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed Nigeria. So we are glad to be doing this and getting the disease out of the dark”
The walkathon will also commemorate World Pulmonary Hypertension Day (WPHD), which is annually held on the 5th of May since 2012. The first and second editions of the walkathon took place in 2019 and 2021.
Cardiac Community is a Non-Governmental Organization committed to fighting heart diseases in Nigeria. They engage in supporting the fight against heart diseases through health awareness via online platforms, public outreach programs, and campaigns.
They equally provide psychological and emotional support through its support groups as well as financial support through fundraising for patients who can’t afford to pay for health services.