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  Mayor Karachi stress need for measures to control use of tobacco.  
  Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar expressed concern on increase in tobacco use in youths. Stressing on the need to save our youth particularly students from smoking he said all hospitals of KMC and offices should affix no smoking board inside their limits. He said this while speaking a chief guest in seminary held in the Sobhraj Maternity Hospital on the World NoTobacco Day on Thursday. Chairperson medical committee of the city council Naheed Fatima, senior director health and medical services KMC Dr. Birbal, medical superintendent sobhraj maternity hospital Dr. Muhammed Ali, Dr. Mehwish, Dr. Devi and others were also present on this occasion. Mayor Karachi said about 12 percent of deaths occurred all over the world due to cardiovascular diseases are due to the use of tobacco and on average 6 Lac people die each year due to environmental pollution created by tobbaco use whereas 60 Lac deaths occurred due to direct use of tobacco. In Pakistan every year 1,60,100 deaths occurred due to use of tobacco. He said this year World Health Organization has joined with the World Heart Federation to highlight the link between tobacco and cardiovascular diseases (CVD. Using tobacco causes cancer and lung disease, but many people aren’t aware that tobacco also causes heart disease and stroke .This World No Tobacco Day is drawing attention to the fact that tobacco doesn’t just cause cancer, it quite literally breaks hearts." He called this unfortunate that despite lot of damages due to use of tobacco, some organizations working for promotion of tobacco use through various lucky draws and other means to bring attention of people especially youths towards use of tobacco. He said media can play vital role in stopping this trend in our society. He said the Government has this responsibility to protect citizens from suffering needlessly from heart disease and measures that reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco include making all indoor public and workplaces completely smoke-free and promoting use of tobacco package warnings that demonstrate the health risks of tobacco. Replying to a query he said heat wave treatment ward has been established in every hospital of Karachi where doctors and paramedics with required medicines are available on round the clock basis. He said dog vaccination was being carried out under an agreement with the Indus Hospitals in Karachi to save the people from dog biting. Rabies Control Program was aimed at providing safeguard to citizens against dog biting and spread of rabies virus among local population. The Pilot project initiated in Ibrahim Haidery union councils will soon be extended to other areas of Karachi. He said besides governments doing their duty in this connection, citizens also should fulfill their responsibility and refrain from use of tobacco in any form, only then we can fulfill the dream of a healthy and diseases free society.  






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