World Health Day to be observed Sunday

The World Health Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the world on Sunday with a highlight on this year’s theme ‘High Blood Pressure’.

The World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for the World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure (hypertension), according to WHO.

The WHO has set four goals of the World Health Day 2013. These are greater awareness, healthy behaviours, improved detection, and enabling environments. In Bangladesh, different organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.

Acting President Abdul Hamid Advocate and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion. In his message, Abdul Hamid expressed his hope that awareness about good health and right to health services will be raised through observing the day.

In another message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: “It is possible to prevent stroke, heart, eye and kidney diseases through controlling and preventing high blood pressure. “We hoped that we will be able to build a healthy and strong nation with the combined efforts of all”.