KARACHI: Cardiologists have urged the federal and provincial governments to ensure absolute ban on cigarette and Sheesha smoking to protect smokers, both active and passive, against heart related ailments, chest infections as well as cancers.
Addressing a conference organised by the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD) as part of World Heart Day 2015 celebrations, they said the day provided an opportunity to both the government and citizens to gauge their respective responsibilities towards public health issues.
Dr Nadeem Qamar, Dr Nadeem Hasan Rizvi, Dr Hafeez and Dr Zahid Jamal in their respective presentations observed that 17% of the population is suffering from diabetes mellitus, while another 17% is inflicted with hypertension, the ailments that mainly trigger heart attacks.
“What is all the more unfortunate is the fact that people suffering from the three conditions mainly comprise smokers, also expose to risks to the people around them known as passive smokers as they themselves do not smoke but being around smokers do inhale the smoke with all chances to be inflicted with health conditions peculiar to smoking,” they added.
The speakers on the occasion also referred to Gutka and Supari which despite promises by the authorities is still available and continuing to threaten public health.
The speakers and participants of the moot that also included provincial minister for health, Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar resolved to focus on raising public awareness and also creating a pressure group to help implement laws adopted against products hazardous to public health. –APP