Islamabad—President Mamnoon Hussain Sunday urged the people, particularly the youth, to spend a healthy life by developing habits of exercise and hard work to better serve the country and take advantage of new opportunities to be created by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. “First shipment of trade cargo is being shipped today from Gwadar Port. This will create new opportunities for the country. Now Pakistan is destined to prosper. Keep yourself ready to benefit from these opportunities. For this you will have to keep yourself fit through a healthy lifestyle,” the president said addressing the participants of an awareness walk held in connection with the World Diabetes Day to be observed on Monday (November 14).
The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day is ‘Eye on Diabetes’ and the activities will focus on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type II diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.
The president urged the youth to strongly resist the corrupt elements to get maximum benefits from the CPEC as huge national resources had been eaten up by the corrupt elements.
The symbolic walk was arranged by the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University that was attended by hundreds of the people, including men, women and children with renowned figures including Minister of State for CADD Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Danish Ambassador in Pakistan Ole Thonke, Vice Chancellor of the university Dr Javed Akram and medical practitioners.
The president, who like other participants wore thematic white shirt and cap, told the audience that diabetes was a complex and painful disease that could be well tackled through changes in lifestyle.
He said today’s walk was also a part of this process of creating awareness and believed that such activities should also be organized at grassroots level to disseminate information about the importance of a healthy lifestyle so that more and more people were made aware of hygiene principles.
The participants, including the chief guest, carried placards, banners and flags inscribed with slogans and measures to prevent the diabetes with daily exercise as the most important.
President Mamnoon said the role and responsibility of an individual was of more importance than that of the state. “Healthy habits like use of boiled water, keeping utensils clean, diet control, walk and regular exercise can keep us safe from diseases,” he added. He said children’s training at home played a central role but it was also necessary for the society to collectively play its role in which the medical institutions had more responsibility to share than other institutions.