Kenya marks world health day

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Every year on April 7, the World Health Organisation (WHO) organises World Health Day in celebration of its founding. "Almost half of these people live in the South-East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region, reflecting the relatively large populations of those two areas which include India and China", says the WHO report, "Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders -Global Health Estimates". At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds. It was disclosed that untreated depression can lead to suicide.

"It is against this backdrop we have to galvanise help, encourage people to talk about the way they feel, because to be depressed is not a crime". "Telling someone you trust that you are feeling down is a good start in getting help and moving towards recovery".

According to World Health Organization, more than 300 million people are now living in depression, an increase of more than 18 per cent between 2005 and 2015.

He estimated 400,000 Cambodian adults have depression, in line with the global figure of 300 million people, or about four percent of the world's population. Limited diagnoses and professional care access, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many individuals from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

To start with, the world health body explains what depression is all about: it is an illness characterised by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. The day provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. Further, only 3 per cent of government health budgets invest in ensuring proper mental health of the patients, varying from one per cent in low-income countries to five per cent in high-income countries.

To commemorate the World Health Day, HMC, PHCC and other partners organised a series of events and interactive discussions aimed at creating awareness among physicians and the public about depression.

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Everyday, more than 500 people from the Western Pacific Region commit suicide, the World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed. Dr. Al-Zayed noted that women are more susceptible to depression than men due to hormonal changes but when both genders reach the age of 50 they are equally exposed to the illness. Given those numbers, chances are that someone on your team is suffering in silence, or knows someone who is. "This is also important to tackle the social stigma about mental health problems", he said. Additionally, patients with these diseases are more likely to develop depression. The above underscores the importance of overcoming this challenge. Usually we see politicians talk about politics, but the Prime Minister chose to dwell on depression during his last Mann ki Baat programme.

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