Children’s Health Conference in Islamabad
Exposing the face of society’s silent killer in their revealing and detailed speeches, the brilliant kids at the Children’s Health Conference in Islamabad, seemed more knowledgeable about hypertension than the adults sitting in the audience. Adopting a healthy lifestyle with emphasis on proper nutrition, reducing salt and total fat intake, eating fruit and vegetables a day and regular physical activity can help beat the silent killer, informed the children.
|President Hamdard Foundation Sadia Rashid, VC Hamdard University Hakeem Abdul Manan
and Prof Abdul Hafeez Chaudhry with participants of Children Health Conference.
While it was an informative session for parents and adult visitors; it was quite an enriching experience for the scores of students attending the conference. The convention was organized by Hamdard Foundation Pakistan and Hamdard Public School to mark the World Health Day by holding 22nd International Children’s Health Conference – a tradition set by Shaheed Hakim Moammad Saeed. Hypertension or high blood pressure is World Health Organization’s theme for this year’s World Health Day as hypertension is considered responsible for more than 7.5 million deaths every year – almost 13% of all global deaths. More than one in three adults worldwide have raised blood pressure now, as per World health statistics 2012 report.
What makes things worse is the fact that “while almost 40% of the world population is hypertensive, only half of them are aware of it!” told Sadia Rashid, President of Hamdard Foundation while addressing the young students. Being aware of hypertension can be tricky, she went on to say, “There are no warning signs or symptoms of high blood pressure and this is why it is called the “silent killer” because people often don’t realize they have it.” She believed that children can make a big difference in improving the stark statistics marked by the killer disease. “Improve your lifestyle, make sure to continue it in adulthood and also spread awareness among your family members” she suggested.