LAHORE - The World Health Day 2012 was celebrated in the provincial capital on Saturday which focused on how good health could enable older men and women to extend their active involvement in society. World Health Day is celebrated to commemorate foundation of World Health Organization (WHO) on April 7, 1948. Every year the organization selects a key global health issue and organizes international, regional and local events to highlight its significance.

WHO Punjab Operations Officer Dr Babar Alam while addressing a seminar said that life expectancy in Pakistan had increased to 14 years during last fifty years owing to improved living standards, advancements, control of vaccine preventable and other communicable diseases, on contrary the prevalence of non-communicable disease was increasing especially in older age groups.

The World Health Day in the provincial capital was organized by Health Education Cell of District Health Department in collaboration with WHO Punjab. Dr Babar said that during last twenty years trend of the old age homes was increasing which depicted transition in the values and cultural practices. He added that due to changing living styles, urbanization, economic deterioration, modernization and industrialization people were moving from joint family system to nuclear family system. He said that the process could not be prevented due to economic reasons, but the tendency could be slowed by changing social behavior. Dr Babar urged the health staff members to create awareness about healthy lifestyles through physical exercise, balanced diet and quitting tobacco and related products.

While speaking on the occasion, EDO Dr Inam Ul Haq said that it was important to assess health problems and highlight the strategy to improve lifestyles of people. For this, he added, Health Department had to create awareness at grass root level by training health supervisors, lady health workers and doctors. The seminar was also attended by DHDC Programme Director Dr Zia-ud-Din, DO Headquarter Dr Naeem Ullah and staff members of Health Department.