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Health is wealth

It’s World Health Day tomorrow. On the occasion of World Health Day, let us try and make it a better place to live in...Chetna Joshi Bambroo writes.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 06, 2009 16:48 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

It’s World Health Day tomorrow. On this day, World Health Organization [WHO] focuses on the safety of health facilities and related issues. Similarly, people from all walks of life, whether it’s a celebrity or a common man, are trying to contribute in their own little way to make the world a healthier place to live in.

Indira Khurana, Director of Policy and Partnership, Water Aid India, says, “Water is the most precious thing and everyone should come together to work towards saving and sanitising it.” Indira further says, “We should also focus on anemia, which is majorly rampant, women’s health, pollution and most importantly, start health awareness from our homes.” Her message is straight and simple — do everything you can to create a healthy environment.

Ritu Pant, a media student and a social activist, says, “Whether it’s World Health Day or any other day we should spread awareness about how we can protect ourselves from various diseases and maintain a healthy lifestyle.” She adds, “We should educate ourselves about issues related to health and aim at having top class medical centres in the country.”

Nafisa Ali, a social activist, says, “I am working for the HIV+ patients for the past 7 1/2 years and will continue to do so,” adding, “Each one of us should first make our immediate surroundings clean and then think of going further.” How seriously does she think people should take this day? “ Helping our country become the healthiest place should not be an individual but a national mission.”

Writer Chetan Bhagat also shares an undemanding perspective for the day. He says, “I think people should not work too much and stress themselves. Recession is taking a toll on people’s well-being. We should ward off this anxiety from our lives. Working 24X7 is like burning a candle from both sides. I want people to prioritise their health over any other thing.” A WHO official says, “On World Health day, WHO has organised events around the world that will advocate for safe facility design and construction, and build momentum for widespread emergency preparedness.”

So mark this World Health Day by taking a vow that like Mother’s, Daughter’s and Valentine's day, you will do something special that will bring a healthy change in everyone’s life.