LAHORE :April 8, 2010: World Health Day was observed in the City amid strikes and protests by the doctors. Only one seminar was held on Wednesday under the aegis of Pakistan Medical Society in collaboration with executive district officer health, Lahore, World Health Organisation (WHO) and University of Health Sciences (UHS).
UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubasshar said doctors had to work very hard to restore their lost glory, and this can only be achieved by professional dedication, humanitarian attitude, and resorting to the advocacy skills for patients counseling.
Director General of health services Punjab Dr Aslam Ch said World Health Day 2010 has been dedicated to the theme of urbanisation and health. The campaign highlights the impact of urban living on human health and encourages efforts to make cities healthier places for people to live. To reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases are among the millennium development goals which all member states have pledged to meet by the year 2015.What is done in the open streets is left to the creativity, desires, and priorities of a city. It can be one activity or several. Executive District Officer Health, Lahore, Dr Fayyaz Ahmed Ranjha said all cities worldwide should open up portions of streets to the people to promote health activities for one day during the week. “This year’s Health Day is an event aimed at marking the issue of urbanisation, as the process has been taking place very actively for the last 30 years, and more than half of the people of the globe are living in towns. People have left their villages and moved to towns, however, not all towns can receive so many people,” Dr Ranjha said.
Operation officer WHO Dr Babar Alam said urbanisation is responsible for many health challenges relating to water, environment, violence, injury, non-communicable diseases and other risk factors like tobacco, use of alcohol and unhealthy diet.
Dr Masood Sheikh said “urbanisation is an irreversible trend that is now part of the world in which we live in. He said almost all the nations were celebrating “World Health Day 2010” with the amazing theme of ‘Urbanisation & Health’ as urbanisation is the major factor for many health challenges consisting of water, atmosphere, damage, cruelty and non-communicable ailments. KEMU Registrar Professor Mahmood Shaukat, INMOL Oncologist Dr Sohail Murad, and others also spoke on the occasion.