Each year we commemorate World Heart Day and some nations also celebrate February as their own National Heart Week/Campaigns.
Heart diseases are increasing day by day and we have all been touched by this disease in one way or another. After all, it is the leading cause of death in Pakistan, killing approximately over half a million Pakistanis every year. It is also the number one cause of death globally and the #1 killer of women. To make women more aware of the danger, our National Institutes and other organizations are also sponsoring an awareness campaign remaining within their resources. It urges women of all ages to know their risk for heart disease.
But the recent medicine scandal of Punjab Institute of Cardiology filled thousands and millions with consternation over the control of managing heart diseases. Fatality from heart diseases have been the number one cause of death in even most developed nations and have century long statistics and what have been said above is just the claim of independent professionals. Each year in Pakistan, approximately 300,000 people experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. More than 90% of them die. Early CPR and early defibrillation are essential to survival, but only a third of bystanders who witness cardiac arrest perform CPR and only 1% are treated by bystanders with an AED before EMS arrival.
It seems that efforts has failed to make substantial progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease and sudden death. This is the time to join hands, curb scandals and take responsibility to make significant changes/improvements.
Hope can be defined as “Grounds for believing that something good may happen.”
In light of the facts, do you still have hope? Why or why not?
To Our Safety, Prosperity & Growth,
Faisal Javed Mir & First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan
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