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To raise awareness about healthy lifestyle on World Health Day, Bilal Foundation in partnership with Bilal Hospital, Pharmevo pharmaceuticals and Wilson’s Pharmaceuticals organized a free health camp at Azm-e-nau girl’s high school, Tumair on 6th April, 2019 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The programs activities comprised of various health education lectures, a range of free tests and individual consultation session with doctors of different specialties.
The event started at 10:30 am with Quranic recitation and Naat, performed by volunteers from azm-e-nau girls school. Dr. Aniqa ( Medical officer at Bilal Hospital) hosted the event. During the camp, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Khawaja Aslam talked about how to keep our bones healthy. He raised awareness about vitamin D and how it helps to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy. He also dispelled common misconceptions about getting a darker skin tone due to sitting in sunshine. He informed the audience that soaking up sunshine, by exposing our bare skin to direct sunlight, helps our body store vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to allow absorption of calcium in the body. Moderate exercise such as playing a game, running, jogging, hiking etc keeps our muscles and bones healthy. Eating a well balanced diet also helps to stay fit and healthy.
Dr. Zulfiqar Butt (Consultant Urologist at Bilal Hospital) talked at length about kidney disease and healthy lifestyle that promotes good overall health. He educated the audience that keeping ourselves healthy is possible through consuming a simple well balanced diet, drinking clean water (drink boiled water or use water purifying tablets) and engaging in physical activity.
He said that kidneys clean up toxins, harmful wastes and excess water from our body in the form of urine. Our daily water intake depends on the weather conditions and level of physical activity. When you engage in strenuous physical activity or are working outside in warm weather you tend to sweat more. Hence your body requires more water intake than someone who sits all day in an air conditioned room. Similarly in winter weather people sweat less, hence the daily water intake is slightly less. He stressed that drinking clean water and making an adequate amount of urine is essential for good health especially kidney’s health.
Consultant dietician, Ms. Tehmina discussed about balanced diet with children and local families (mostly mothers).Our previous community health survey revealed that the impoverished families of Tumair consume inadequate amount of key nutrients (i.e. protein, fruits and dairy) in their meals. Children are frequently suffering from diarrhea, malnourishment and exhibit poor appetite. With nutritious food, proper education and care, our overall health can be improved significantly. On World Health Day 2019, Ms. Tehmina advised caregivers and young school going girls to eat locally available, nutrient dense food that includes beans, lentils, vegetables, milk, yogurt and lean meat as part of their diet to stay healthy and stave off various illnesses.
After Health awareness lectures seasonal fruit was distributed to all visitors. Free screening tests were offered from 12:00 am to 1:30 pm. Free health screening tests included Urine Test ( Dipstick), Blood Pressure Check up, Blood Sugar test, BMD Test (Bone health scan) and BMI (Body mass index). All visitors were screened for kidney and bones and nutrition related health issues. Dr. Aniqa (Medical Officer at Bilal Hospital) counseled and prescribed medications to the students and adults with various general health issues such as worm infestation, UTI, malnourishment etc. Visitors with bone health issues were referred to Dr. Khawaja Aslam (Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Bilal Hospital) on spot for counseling.
This healthy kidney and healthy bones camp was the first of its kind in the region. More than 50 visitors and students benefited from health awareness lectures, free tests ( blood sugar test,urine test,hemoglobin test,BMI & BMD test) and counseling. Screening tests revealed that around 10 young school girls were malnourished, 6 visitors had elevated cholesterol levels (250) , 4 visitors had high blood sugar levels and 4 visitors were overweight. Furthermore, one adult patient ( middle age) was diagnosed with diabetes, one young girl was diagnosed with UTI ( urinary tract infection) and a few cases osteopenia (precursor of osteoporosis) were noted among young girls, and 2 elderly visitors were diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Bilal Foundation is committed to develop effective new programs and health camps that fulfill the community’s health needs.
Bilal Foundation : School Dispensary program
Bilal Foundation has set up a free dispensary at Azm-e-Nau girl’s high school to educate growing children and adolescent girls about staying healthy and fighting infections. Various learning activities are planned each month to promote healthy eating habits, good hygiene practices, response during medical emergencies and first aid education. Through monthly health and wellness lecture series and celebrating fruit day’s children are encouraged to not only bring lunch but also include more fruits and veggies in it.