WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur gave the morning address to the students of Majeedhiyya School on the occasion of World Health Day 2016
World Health Day for WHO Maldives Country Office kick started with Dr Arvind Mathur giving the morning address to the students of Majeedhiyya School, the oldest school in Maldives, on the occasion of World Health Day 2016. The WHO Representative guided the pupils to be more active in their routine lives, and to eat healthy by introducing more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Dr Mathur also recommended students to always opt for water whenever they are thirsty.
Dr Arvind Mathur praised the principle of the school Ms Aishath Solih for prioritizing health in the school as she announced that every Thursday from here on after will be “Fruit Day”; a day to eat fruits as snacks in the school. He also commended the Minister of Education Dr Aishath Shiham for highlighting health and wellbeing as an important aspect of the school systems in the country.
The World Health Day 2016 is celebrated by member countries worldwide. It is a special day marked annually where the WHO selects a priority area of global public health concern. This year the theme is Diabetes: how to prevent it, how to treat it and most importantly how to beat it. With Diabetes being the 8th leading cause of death worldwide and the 9th leading cause for death in the Maldives, it is crucial to halt the rise in diabetes by conducting efforts to promote awareness and improve the quality of life for those who are living with the burden of this disease.