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Health Minister Syed Qasim Ali Shah Advocates for Health Initiatives at Fourth International Public Health Conference

  • Author: Editor
  • Event Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
  • Published on: Friday, 19 April 2024
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The Fourth International Public Health Conference, hosted by Khyber Medical University from April 16 to April 19, welcomed distinguished experts and speakers from prestigious institutions worldwide to address pressing health concerns.

Health Minister Syed Qasim Ali Shah, attending as a special guest, emphasized the urgency of addressing health issues beyond discussions, urging practical interventions. Noting alarming statistics, he revealed that thirty percent of society suffers from diabetes, with high blood pressure increasingly prevalent among young adults. To combat these trends, the Minister announced the launch of the "Live Well" initiative, aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among students.

During the conference, speakers highlighted the grave impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, attributing fifty percent of deaths to these preventable ailments. They stressed the potential for prevention and emphasized the importance of timely interventions to mitigate complications. Comparing average lifespans, speakers noted the disparity between Pakistan and developed nations, citing lifestyle modifications as key to bridging the gap. A shift towards balanced nutrition, sufficient rest, stress management, and supportive environments could potentially extend lifespans by up to twenty years.

Furthermore, experts underscored the significant role of lifestyle changes in preventing type 2 diabetes and reducing cancer risk, suggesting that nine out of ten diabetes cases and 60% of cancer incidents could be prevented through lifestyle modifications alone.

In recognition of their contributions, Minister Shah distributed appreciation shields to conference speakers, acknowledging their efforts in advancing public health discourse and initiatives.

The Fourth International Public Health Conference serves as a pivotal platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange, fostering a collective commitment to improving healthcare systems and promoting healthier lifestyles across Pakistan and beyond.


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