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World Heart Day: Manipal Hospital, CAMP, CAMASEJ Douala brings Healthy Heart Programme to Cameroon

Over 100 persons from different countries around the world gain knowledge on heart health importance.

Created by the World Heart Federation, world heart day is a day set aside to inform people around the world that Cardiovascular Diseases, including heart diseases and stroke is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 18.6 million lives each year.

While highlighting the action that individuals can take to prevent and control cardiovascular diseases, it also aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, at least 80% of deaths from heart diseases can be avoided.

To commemorate this year’s world heart day, the Manipal Hospital, Dwarka brings a healthy heart program to Cameroon in association with the Cameroon Association of Media Professionals (CAMP) and Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists (CAMASEJ-Douala).

Launched 0n September 28th, 2021, an international workshop themed “Guardians of the Heart” was organized to educate, inspire and motivate people to have a healthy heart and to spread awareness on the importance of heart health. It was meant for people across all age groups with over 100 attendees from Countries like Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Sri Lanka just to name but a few.

The 3-6 months digital workshop will be to educate people around the importance of keeping the heart healthy especially keeping in mind the alarming situation of cardiac health among youngsters. 
Dr. Sudarshan Dr. Ballal, Chairman, Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt Ltd says cardiovascular diseases are common among all age groups “Today heart diseases are common across all age groups including people in their 30s or 40s. Primary reasons are stress, lack of exercise and unhealthy food habits apart from excessive smoking and drinking” 

While Dr. Yogal Sharma Manipal Hospital, New Delhi says, “we hope to harness the power of digital connectivity by creating conversations around awareness, prevention, and management of cardiovascular diseases globally….Manipal Hospital promises to make heart heroes through the workshop.

Solomon Agborem is National President; the Cameroon Association of Media Professionals says such workshops are needed. “ this initiative is committed to creating awareness on major lifestyle diseases that will potentially affect the3 common man…..there is a need for a dedicated workshop like this that provides end to end and comprehensive education and spreads awareness for heart diseases” 

Keeping cholesterol levels under check and undergoing regular checkups are the key to a healthy lifestyle.

By Tantan Patience

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