World Health Day to be observed on Sunday

KARACHI: The World Health Day will be observed on Sunday, 7 April 2013 in all countries, including Pakistan, with the theme of hypertension. Various medical and government organizations in Pakistan have made arrangements to observe the day with renewed commitment and goal to boost awareness about health issues and diseases, particularly hypertension that increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure and if left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregular heartbeat and heart failure.

According to WHO, the Global brief on hypertension, published on the occasion of upcoming World Health Day 2013, describes why, in the early 21st century, hypertension is a global public health issue. It describes how hypertension contributes to the burden of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure and premature death and disability.

The document also explains how hypertension is both preventable and treatable and how governments, health workers, civil society, the private sector, families and individuals can join forces to reduce hypertension and its impact.

On the eve of World Health Day 2013, the United Nations health agency has called on countries to intensify efforts to prevent and control hypertension which affects about one billion people worldwide. WHO is emphasizing the importance of people taking steps to improve their health by calling on adults to measure their blood pressure on World Health Day, which will be observed on Sunday.