In view of rapidly increasing heart diseases especially in younger population, there is an urgent need for comprehensive prevention strategies.
One crucial step in this record is sensitizing general public about role of healthy life style in prevailing chronic disease for example heart diseases, stroke and diabetes.
NICVD is the largest health network of the country providing comprehensive cardiovascular care since many years. It is also making effort to create a platform where multiple stakeholders may work together for effective to heart disease prevention.
In this regard, NICVD in collaboration with Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has organized “Karachi Open Street Health Festival on 23 march 2022” this has been organized on Pakistan day with a theme of “Healthy Karachi, Healthy Pakistan” as Pakistan can only prosper if it’s citizens are healthy.
The concept of Open Street is also being applied for first time in Pakistan. Closing the main road not only provides space for people/children to freely walk/cycle but also highlights the uses for providing safe space for such activities.
Day long festival activities started with flag hoisting at NICVD in the morning followed by a cycle ride from NICVD to marine promenade where yoga session was held.
In the afternoon till late night festival activities on marine promenade, included free health screening free medical consultation and fun activities for children where they could learn about healthy option in their life.