It has been an honour to have served as the President of the Sri Lanka Hypertension Society but sad that it could not properly function in the last several years due to many unforeseen circumstances, in particular my departure overseas. I sincerely regret that I am unable to be present at the relaunch of the Society today due to some pre-arranged commitments.
I am most grateful to Professor Udaya Ralapanawa who volunteered to resurrect and relaunch the Society. I am indeed most appreciative to him for his sincere efforts without which this action would have been further delayed.
Hypertension is the strongest modifiable cardiovascular risk factor, accounting for over 7 million deaths worldwide and highly prevalent in our country with a detrimental impact on our health. With changing thresholds of initiating treatment, poor control of blood pressure despite availability of effective medications, a generally low hypertension awareness among the public, the challenges for the Society are manifold. This may call for some re-thinking in our approach to manage this condition and advocate some innovative programs and enhancement of proven strategies.
It takes a collective effort to make a Society like ours viable. I hope the new committee will be invigorated and motivated to fulfil the foremost objective of the Society; professional education, advocacy and community empowerment.
Let me wish the incoming President and the committee, the best wishes in their endeavours and I look forward to participating in future activities of the Society.
Professor M Rifdy Mohideen
Outgoing President- Sri Lanka Hypertension Society