Call to free young people from the risks of hypertension and heart disease

TBS report

August 13, 2022, 6:55 p.m.

Last modification: August 13, 2022, 6:55 p.m.

Public health experts from one program say a concerted effort by government bodies as well as civil society organizations is needed to raise awareness among the masses about the importance of a healthy lifestyle to liberate young people from risks hypertension and heart disease.

During a webinar titled “Hypertension, heart disease and our young people”, they also called on the government to implement the “Control of Trans Fatty Acids in Food Regulations, 2021” to tackle the risk of heart disease due to trans fat intake.

Research and advocacy organization Progga (Knowledge for Progress) in association with Global Health Advocacy Incubator (Ghai) hosted the webinar marking International Youth Day on Saturday.

Speakers said on the show that the prevalence of hypertension and heart disease among young people in Bangladesh is increasing alarmingly due to consumption of unhealthy and trans-fat rich foods, lack of sports activities and physical, smoking and obesity, etc. for young people.

Hypertension leads to increased risks of heart disease and related deaths and it is quite alarming that one in five adults in Bangladesh suffer from hypertension.

According to the 2022 Population and Housing Census, the total number of young people in Bangladesh is currently 45.9 million. Hypertension care and drug supplies should be provided at all primary health care centers to protect young people.

Ghai Bangladesh Country Lead Muhammad Ruhul Quddus, Professor, National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh Dr Sohel Reza Choudhury, Program Manager-1, Non-Communicable Disease Control Program, Directorate General of Health Services Dr Fazla Alahi Khan, Cardiologist and Consultant of Labaid Specialty Hospital Dr. Sumanta Kumer Saha, Chairman of Bangladesh Health Reporters’ Forum and Senior Correspondent of Daily Amader Somoy Rashed Rabbi, and Executive Director of Progga ABM Zubair were present at the webinar as commentators.

The webinar was led by Progga Coordinator Mahmud Al Islam Shihab.

Youth representatives and people from diverse socio-economic strata from across the country participated in the webinar.