The world Health Day is celebrated on 7 April 2017 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
The theme chosen to mark World Health Day this year is "Depression- Let's talk".
World Health Day is an opportunity to reflect how diseases cause misery and suffering. In the context of World Health Day we may stock of the advancement in medicine to cope with health complications and the range of illnesses in order to alleviate suffereing and keep people in sound health.
It is important to carry out medical check up, to detect any disease and to provide treatment at an early stage before the aggravation of any health problem.
In the context of World Health Day, among the various activities programmed, sensitisation on health and health screening activity was carried out at Dagotiere Shiv Mandir Lane.
The event was marked by the presence of the Prime Minister, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Dr the Honourable Anwar Husnoo, Minister of Health and Quality Of Life, Honourable Yogida Sawmynaden, Minister of Technology Communication and Innovation, Honourable Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Dr Laurent Musango, Regional WHO Director.
At the function the Prime Minister brought out that a lot of importance has to be attached to preventice measures. It was necessary to control diabetes, Non- Communicable Disease (NCD), to promote physical activity, adopt healthy balanced diet and to foster healthy lifestyle. "Prevention is cure", he said. Certain diseases such as Non-Communicable diseases are preventable. By curbing incidence of disease, people will enjoy sound health. There will be surge in activity to steer on the path of progress of and development.
He seized the opportunity to talk about the drug problem which threatens to undermine the fabric of our society. The mechanisms are being strengthened to combat drug trafficking and curb drug problem.
Regarding the theme adopted "Depression Let's talk", the WHO Regional Director brought out that depression may lead to anxiety, reduced concentration, restlessness, falling of worthlessness, loss of interest in activity. The person becomes withdrawn and may exhibit suicidal tendency. It is important to talk, to discuss with people close to you and ask for help.
Preventive programme such as effective community approaches may prevent depression. Psychosocial treatment by psychiatrists, psychologists, medical social workers, Health Professionals can contribute to attend to the problem of depression.
The event at Dagotierre has been a success and was attended by an important group of inhabitants. There was the active participation of benevolent associations, NGOs and other stakeholders.