ZAGREB, April 7, 2018 – The Croatian President’s Office on Saturday organised an open-door event called “Health for All” to mark World Health Day, which is observed on April 7, with the president saying that the health of young people was one of the priorities for the national health service because of such problems as obesity, lack of physical activity and various addictions among young people.
“The number of obese children is growing steadily as a consequence of unhealthy diets and insufficient physical activity. Alcohol and cigarette consumption is growing among adolescents and with it the number of future, ever-younger patients. We need to stop this. It is also important to educate young people about sexual health,” President Grabar-Kitarović said.
Stands were put up outside the President’s Office where those gathered were able to check their blood sugar level and blood pressure, learn resuscitation techniques and get other health-related information.
Twelve health organisations and associations presented their activities in promoting good health, including the Croatian Public Health Institute, the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine, the Croatian Chamber of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine, the School of Kinesiology, and the Association of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Patients.
Grabar-Kitarović said that the Croatian healthcare system was socially oriented and highly sensitised and that its purpose was to provide adequate healthcare for everyone. “Modern people aspire not only to live longer, but also to live better. To ensure a high quality of living at any age and thus affect the economic, demographic and social situation is the fundamental task of medicine and the government health policy today and tomorrow,” the president noted.