By Maxwell Obiri-Yeboah .
The National Cardiovascular Center (NCC) has organised a health walk and free screening for over nine hundred people in Accra to commemorate the World Heart Day. The walk and screening was also to create awareness on heart related diseases in Ghana.
According to Dr. Lawrence Agyemang Serebuor, Director of NCC, cardiovascular diseases and stroke is the world’s biggest cause of death which takes 17.7 million lives annually.
Against that background, he advised the public to exercise at least two or three times a week to keep their hearts healthy and avoid smoking to stay strong.
Dr Lawrence was, however, elated about the huge number of people who took part in the exercise and stressed the need for the general public to go for regular checkups in order to prevent sicknesses.
The nine kilometers walk organised by the NCC was under the theme: “My Heart, Your Heart, Make a Promise.”
The health exercise saw both young and old, amidst drumming and singing, as they walked on the principal streets of Accra to send down the message of living simple lives.
The team of health professionals screened all those present by checking their Body Mass Index, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol levels, among others. They also fed and counseled them after the walk.
The program brought together staff of the police service, immigration officers, a section of the media, hundreds of health professionals from Korle Bu and many others, who wholeheartedly exercised and supported the program in diverse ways.
September 29th, every year, is set aside as World Heart Day, following the decision of the World Heart Federation in the year 2000.