WHO Day focus on critical local health risk

| 05/04/2013

(CNS): High Blood Pressure is the focus of this year’s World Health Day which is being observed Friday across the world. As Cayman joined with other countries to promote greater awareness and prevention to one of the country’s biggest health concerns, Health minster Mark Scotland urged people to learn more about their blood pressure. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure and in Cayamn’s 2010 census its was revealed as one of the top three illnesses here with a prevalence of 89.1 per 1000 population. Scotland said however that it is both preventable and treatable.

“I urge the public to engage in physical activity, to utilize the walking track at the football grounds behind the John Gray High School Compound, reduce salt intake, use a balanced diet and appropriate medication to prevent or control high blood pressure,” he said, in an effort to reduce the incidence of these diseases. 

See minster’s full message marking WHO day below

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