The government should immediately initiate a national health programme for prevention of stroke cases, which are growing in Pakistan.
This was stated by experts at a press conference held in Karachi on July 22.
They demanded to set up facilities at all tertiary care hospitals for its care and management.
The event was organised in connection with World Brain Day, which is observed every year on July 22. The theme of this year’s campaign is “brain health for all”.
Seasoned neurologist Dr. Mohammad Wasay told the audience that an estimated 400 people die of stroke every day in Pakistan while another 1,000 suffer from paralysis.
He said that its risk factors are high blood pressure, diabetes, tobacco consumption and high cholesterol.
Dr. Wasay said that one third of our 40 per cent population has high blood pressure while 10 million people live with diabetes.
Speakers at the event pointed out that simple diet, regular walk and exercise, and tobacco avoidance can help prevent stroke.