World Health Day

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On World Health Day today, focus on vector-borne threats

Vector-borne diseases kill nearly 10 lakh people worldwide every year. Small insects can pose health hazards if proper care is not taken against mosquitoes, flies, ticks and bugs - it is the central message of the World Health Day observed on April 7 every year to mark the foundation of World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948.

"Vector-borne diseases can be defined as the ones caused by vectors - any agent particularly microorganism, that carries and transmits infectious pathogen into another living organism. An example is mosquito responsible for diseases such as malaria. Other major diseases caused by vectors include dengue, leishmaniasis, filarial, chikungunya and yellow fever. More than half of the world's population is at risk of these diseases. Increased travel, trade and migration make even more people vulnerable," said a WHO official.

Officials added that one can protect themselves by measures such as sleeping under a bed-net, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and trousers and using insect repellent.

Gujarat Science City and Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST) will mark the occasion by creating awareness through interactive game, quiz and puzzles on the theme for children and community members, clearing doubts with experts, screening of special films on malaria and hands-on demonstrations that focuses on vectors, the diseases they cause and simple precautions for protection.
 

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High blood pressure – also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension – increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure. The risk of developing these complications is higher in the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes. One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure. The proportion increases with age, from 1 in 10 people in their 20s and 30s to 5 in 10 people in their 50s.

High blood pressure is both preventable and treatable by adopting a healthier lifestyle and diet. By consuming the foods that we as a species are designed to eat, our body is able to heal, regulate and function at its optimum level. After all, we are genetically designed to be healthy!

 

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