COMMEMORATION OF HEART-HEALTH AWARENESS DAYS
World Heart Day
World Heart Day (WHD) is annual event which holds every September 29, since year 2000. It is an initiative of the World Heart Federation, Geneva, Switzerland. The essence of the day is to raise global awareness of cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) as the world’s number one (1) killer. EHF has been commemorating World Heart Day since 2014. World Heart Day 2014 with the theme “creating heart healthy environments” was commemorated with activities such as Radio and Television interviews, 3km heart (road) walk, distribution of educational leaflets, and one-on-one health talk in Ibadan, Oyo State. EHF seized on World Heart Day 2014 to begin its public awareness campaign of cardiovascular disease preventive measures.
World Hypertension Day
World Hypertension Day is a day designated by the World Hypertension League to raise global awareness of hypertension. World Hypertension Day holds every May 17. Hypertension is the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, worldwide. Globally, it is the leading cause of deaths and disabilities. The African Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) has the highest prevalence of hypertension. Prevalence of hypertension in this region was put at 46% of adults aged 25 and above. Hypertension is also highly prevalent in Nigeria and a concerted effort is urgently needed to stem its tide. EHF commemorated World Hypertension Day 2015 with the theme “Know Your Numbers” by hanging banners at strategic places in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. EHF also publicised World Hypertension Day 2015 via its social media platforms.
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