Islamabad—Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz Thursday here pledged to improve condition of parks and playgrounds in the city, especially those remained unattended by the capital’s civic body. The mayor was talking to media after participating in a walk organized by Shifa International Hospitals to mark World Health Day.
The day is celebrated every year by the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 7. This year’s theme of the day was “Beat Diabetes: Scale up prevention, strengthen care and enhance surveillance”.
He appreciated the step of holding of walk and said such physical activities should be a regular feature of citizens to promote a healthy lifestyle.
He said physical activities are a great way to develop foundation of an active society, urging people to play their role in creating a healthy and prosperous country.
Media has an important role in creating awareness about active lifestyles for prevention of diseases, he remarked.
He assured of his cooperation to Shifa Hospital in its public welfare initiatives. Sheikh Ansar, attending one of his first public events, after becoming elected mayor of Islamabad also inaugurated the week long Shifa sports tournament.
He played table tennis, badminton and some cricket shots to kick start the tournament. The event will feature tournaments of football, cricket, volleyball, table tennis, badminton and other games. Chief Operating Officer Shifa International Hospital Aziz Jan said sedate lifestyle and spending long hours before computers, laptops and video games was depriving people especially children of the chance to be part of sports and outdoor activities.
Medical Affairs Director Shifa Mian Amjad Sohail said the disease of diabetes was alarmingly increasing in Pakistan and people should deal with the risk factors including unbalanced diet and lack of exercise.
He said 422 million people were suffering worldwide from diabetes, adding the disease causes other complications like high blood pressure and diseases of eyes and kidneys.
The walk organizers gave colourful umbrellas and refreshments to participants of the walk. Children of schools, teachers, students of Tameer-e-Millat Medical School and men and women from different walks of life took part in the walk.