No Tobacco Day observed at BBH


RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Medical College and Allied Hospitals Principal Muhammad Umer on Saturday said that smoking is one of the main causes of heart diseases and blood pressure. He was addressing at a function in order to mark the “No Tobacco Day”, held at the Benazir Bhutto Hospital. He asked the people to adopt precautionary measures because prevention is better than cure. He asked the doctors and the medical students to play their active role in promoting health education. Benazir Bhutto Hospital Medical Superintendent Asif Qadir Mir said that special emphasis is being laid down to sensitise patients and smokers about the after effects of smoking, besides extending medical treatment facilities. Consultant Cardiologist Mehdi Hassan Raja said it is alarming to note that 5 million people die every year in the world due to heart disease. He said that 80 thousand people die in Pakistan due to this ailment which needs to be tackled by creating awareness. Later, the staff of the hospital distributed informative material among the patients and their relatives about the negative and adverse effects of smoking. 

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