World Health Day celebrated with Health Fair at KHMH

vlcsnap-2013-04-12-19h55m12s50World Health Day, the annual celebration of the foundation of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, this year fell on a Sunday, April 7. Today the Ministry of Health, local branch of the WHO the Pan American Health Organization, and other health-related organizations marked the day with the annual health fair in the parking lot of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City. According to the Ministry this year’s campaign focuses on hypertension, or, as it is more commonly known in Belize, “pressure.” Under the slogan “Know your numbers” hospitals nationwide should set up on-site health booths to check blood pressure. The public is vlcsnap-2013-04-12-19h55m54s180also reminded to prevent hypertension by consuming less salt, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, doing regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco use and avoiding harmful use of alcohol. A press release from the Ministry states that in the Americas, at least one in three adults is diagnosed with hypertension, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death throughout the world. One third of the already affected adult population are unaware that they are affected by the condition. Today’s health fair also featured participation from other associations including the Diabetes Association.

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