On the occasion of World Heart Day on September 29, the non-governmental organization Healthy Heart Happy Life Organization (HeLO) and IPDI (Interactive Professional Development Initiatives) Foundation announced month-long events to create public awareness about cardiovascular disease.
The events were announced at a press conference at the IPDI Foundation office at Green Road in the capital on Tuesday by the Founder of HeLO-IPDI Dr. Mohsin Ahmed.
Dr. Mohsin Ahmed, in his speech said among the programs are includes free health care and health awareness in four parks of Dhaka. Blood pressure measurement, diabetes test, weight and height measurement, health message advices are some of the program plans.
“Apart from this, we will provide health awareness message at five traffic signals in Dhaka; Television programs; Publishing articles on heart disease through mass media; Campaigns through social media; Distribution of booklets on heart disease awareness,” he said
He also said HeLO-IPDI is a non-profitable, non-political voluntary organization. Since its inception, this organization has been implementing various programs throughout the year on public health protection and awareness.
Prof. Abdul Wadud Chowdhury said that 32 percent of the total deaths worldwide are due to heart and vascular diseases. About 18 million people worldwide die of heart attack each year. World Heart Day is celebrated around the world on September 29 every year with the aim of reducing the alarming level of heart disease, he said
The severity of heart disease is also increasing in Bangladesh. Especially young people are more prone to develop heart disease in Bangladesh than in developed countries, he added