UWI Lecturer Among 16-Member WHO Team Developing Guideline For Treatment Of Hypertension

Dr. Kenneth Connell (Photo via Jamaica Gleaner)
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(Jamaica Gleaner) University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer, Dr. Kenneth Connell, is among 16 international experts, chosen by the World Health Organisation (WHO), to form a Guideline Development Group (GDG) for the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of hypertension in adults.

The announcement came as the international community recognised World Hypertension Day on May 17.

Connell is the only Caribbean member in the Group. The UWI said his appointment is testament of the recognition of his expertise in the discipline of hypertension science, as well as a larger endorsement of the contributions made by the region and the regional university.

According to WHO, guidelines dealing specifically with raised blood pressure were last published 20 years ago in 1999 and are overdue for an update. Dr. Connell and his colleagues on the newly established GDG, are expected to focus on an extensive review of the best available evidence and expert opinion. They will then develop a final document that is likely to set an international standard for the management of hypertension globally.

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