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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 113

Provide jobs of choice to prevent youth dying from heart failure by stress

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 17 September, (Asian One of the main heart disease risk factors in rural Sri Lanka is stress due to poverty and unemployment said Dr S J Steven, President, Sri Lanka Heart Association (SLHA) at the Press Briefing to announce the awareness programme on promoting heart healthy living to coincide the world Heart Health Day at Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla, last week.

To mark the “World Heart Day,” SLHA has also organized an exhibition to be held at the BMICH and a Heart Health Walk to promote heart healthy living through Awareness Campaign.

SLHA launches the programme with Unilever Sri Lanka through its brand Flora and Capital Maharaja also joins with them in the launch.

Dr Steven continuing said due to the frustration plagued with unemployment which would cause stress that kills. Thus he urged the industrialists and other job providers to be mindful of this alarming factor of stress in the youth and to offer them jobs of their choice which would not only bring them job satisfaction but also increase productivity and in turn boost the country’s economy.

He said that the burdens of women in the rural would be very high and they too are prone to stress syndrome and thus there is an apparent in increase in the number of deaths of rural women in rural Sri Lanka, Dr Steven said.

He said that this issue could be tackled by giving the youth a good English knowledge and to train them in Information Technology (IT).

He said that while in the developed countries the high incidence of death by heart diseases are lowering, it has become the number one killer in Sri Lanka now and one of the key risk factors is the diet and the lifestyle.

In answer to a query by a journalist, Dr Steven said the coconut could be considered as equivalent to meat and much consumption could not be desirable to the heart.

Dr Rohan Gunawardene, Coordinator for World Heart Day, SLHA said that Ischemic Heart disease has become the biggest cause of death in Sri Lanka and the numbers are increasing each year and the disease could be preventable or can be controlled. He said that the alarming increase in heart disease deaths has to be taken very seriously.

He said that unlike other diseases, the factors of causing of heart diseases are many such as age, genes, smoking, food habits, etc some of which could be controlled to prevent heart disease. Some people are unaware of these important facts about the incidence of heart disease in Sri Lanka and how to prevent and control it. Therefore, they are launching this awareness campaign.

He said that with this in mind SLHA with the backing of Flora and MTV is launching a programme to create public awareness regarding the prevention of heart disease. Under this year’s theme of “Team Up for a Healthy Heart” the campaign will be initiated with a walk for heart health and a heart health life style fair planned for World Heart Day on 30th September 2007.

Surith Perera, Marketing Director, Foods, Unilever said that working with SLHA is the first step in Unilever’s mission, through its spread brand Flora, to educate the community on leading a heart healthy lifestyle.

The USL, SLHA and Maharaja Heart Health Event which will kick off with a short health walk on World Health Day will culminate in a Heat Health Lifestyle Fair which will enable participants to interactively learn about 'how to live a preventive lifestyle'.

- Asian Tribune -

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