Namibians must adopt healthy lifestyles: Kamwi

26 Feb 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) - The Minister of Health and Social Services, Richard Kamwi has called on Namibians to change their way of living by adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles.
The minister, who was speaking at the commemoration of World Cancer Day and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Healthy Lifestyle Day in the capital on Wednesday, said Namibians should adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating, regular exercise, and by avoiding smoking and the use of alcohol and drugs.
World Cancer Day is commemorated on 04 February, while SADC Health Lifestyle Day is held on the last Friday of every February.
However, the ministry took the decision to hold a joint event commemorating both days on Wednesday.
Kamwi said alcohol and drug abuse also contribute to the senseless killing of women and girls.
“Let us say no to these horrendous lifestyles,” he said.
The health minister went on to say people should get actively involved, adding that Government, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and the community should collaborate in efforts to prevent harmful habits such as tobacco use and the abuse of alcohol.
Namibians should also focus on prevention efforts on risk factors such as physical inactivity, low fruit and vegetable intake, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels so as to lower the prevalence of these lifestyles diseases.
Kamwi said one of the objectives of days such as World Cancer Day and SADC Healthy Lifestyle Day is to inform people about cancer prevention and control through healthier lifestyles.
World Cancer Day was observed under the theme ‘Cancer, did you know?’ and focused on the world cancer declaration “Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer”.