The women club of Guru Kashi University, Talwandi Sabo, organised a seminar to celebrate World Health Day on the campus on Sunday.
Dr Ashish Kansal of the civil hospital, Talwandi Sabo, was the chief guest. The seminar was attended by students and faculty of the university. The chief guest delivered a lecture on hypertension. He made the audience aware of the risks posed by hypertension.
"World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948. Each year, a theme is selected for the day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme selected to celebrate the day in 2013 is high blood pressure. The objective of the seminar is to make people aware of the causes and remedies of high blood pressure," said Dr Kansal.
He said, "If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can cause blindness, heart attack and paralysis. The risk of developing these complications is higher in the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes. He also made students aware on how to overcome these diseases."
He said high blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. "Certain lifestyle changes can decrease your chances of getting hypertension by up to 50%, mainly cutting down salt intake and not smoking," he added.
Addressing the students, vice-chancellor SK Ahluwalia said improving the health of students is one of the major responsibilities of the educational institution. He advised the students to pass on the information to their parents, friends and others to raise awareness of the causes and consequences of high blood pressure and also suggested to go in for regular check-up for blood pressure.
"Health must always be at the heart of the global development agenda. It is really a good effort by the women club to organise such a seminar on the university campus," Ahluwalia said.