National Cardiovascular Centre has launched the 2016 edition of the World Heart Day in Accra with a call on the general public to make healthy heart choices.
Themed; “Power Your Life,” the day seeks to create more awareness on cardiovascular diseases all around the world.
Speaking at the launch, Director of the National Cardiothoracic Centre, Dr. Lawrence Agyemang Sereboe, said few changes in one’s life could help reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
He also advised against tobacco use and high-levels of work-related stress.
Dr. Sereboe explained that the World Heart Day will be marked globally in order to help decrease heart-related diseases all over the world.
He hinted that Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) are the number one cause of mortality globally.
“Annually, it is responsible for 17.5 million premature deaths and, by the 2030, the figure is expected to rise to 23 million,” he said.
He added that “CVDs are also the cause of 60 per cent of all deaths in people with diabetes whilst cholesterol is responsible for about 4 million deaths annually.”
Dr. Sereboe said that the World Heart Foundation is aimed at reducing the figures by 50 per cent through the World Heart Day initiative, which seeks to create awareness on healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Sereboe stressed that a healthy living is a crucial step to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, mentioning funding as a challenge to many patients.
He indicated that Ghanaians must begin to incorporate healthy lifestyles that include healthy eating, exercising of the body and consistent medical checkups.
He said physical inactivity could also lead to unhealthy weight gain, diabetes, and a rise in blood pressure and, as such, there was the need for everyone to take control of their heart health and get more active.
He further called on government to give the Cardiovascular Unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital a relief in the area of infrastructure.
For his part, comedian, DKB, who was announced as the Ambassador for this year’s edition, expressed delight for being selected as the celebrity to lead that campaign.
He assured the Centre of commitment to do everything possible to help reduce health related diseases through comedy.
“I am very happy to be an Ambassador for the World Heart Day; and with this I will do all in my powers through my work to help reduce heart-related disease since my work is mostly related to health,” he said.
The World Heart Day is slated for September 29, this year and October 1, 2016 is scheduled for the celebration.
Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/Evans Obiri Appiah