The programme, which started at 9:00 am and ended later in the day at 5:00 pm, saw over 800 residents, including women and children, checking their blood pressure
and sugar levels, hepatitis status, and malaria.
To fight the illness, which is the biggest risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney ailments, the WHO urged the public to take precautionary measures such as checking their blood pressure
regularly and taking the prescribed medicines faithfully to prevent complications.
According to Avraamides the condition is not hereditary but if someone's parents suffer from it they should be more vigilant about checking their blood pressure
as they may have a very small predisposition to it.
He added that people suffering from blood pressure, especially those above 30 years of age should be consistent and regular in taking the prescribed medicines and checking their blood pressure
However, 21% reported that checking their blood pressure
makes them feel anxious and that day-to-day BP variations worried them.
"We have found that people often do not read the instruction manual before checking their blood pressure
and may not fully understand it.