HYDERABAD: An awareness walk was held at the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences’ Jamshoro campus on Monday to commemorate World Health Day, celebrated on April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the World Health Organisation in 1948. The walk was followed by a seminar in which the vice-chancellor, Prof Muneer Ahmed Junejo, addressed the participants on health issues. He said most of the diseases are preventable and the necessary steps can save millions of lives. People are losing their lives due to diseases that are carried by vectors including mosquitoes, ticks, flies, sandflies, fleas and bugs, he said. Prof Aneela A Rehman, the dean of community medicine and public health sciences at the university said, “Vector-borne diseases affect the poorest populations, particularly where there is a lack of access to adequate housing, safe drinking water and sanitation.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2014.