Havana, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuba joins today the day for World Health Day with a program of activities dedicated to the care of depression, a mental illness that is the center of attention this year.
‘Let’s talk about depression, for life give a step foward’, is the motto of the day sponsored by the World Organization and the Pan American Health Organization (WHO / PAHO) as well as the health institutions of each nation.
Workshops, film shows, delivery of folding with information on the main risk factors, concerts and photographic exhibitions, are among the activities that will be deployed this Friday throughout the country.
At a press conference, Cristian Morales, the PAHO / WHO representative in Cuba, drew attention to the prevalence of depression globally, affecting 300 million people, 50 of them in Latin America.
This disease affects our families, directly and indirectly. It generates anxiety and can be so debilitating to prevent our activities of daily life, social relations. It affects our work, the studies, in different levels, also in the economic, reflected the official.
In the case of Cuba, the issue is also associated with population aging, which in the last 50 years has been on the rise, explained Alberto Fernández, head of the Senior Adult Program in the island.
Established in 1950, World Health Day is celebrated on April 7. Each year it is dedicated to reflect on a specific theme.
In 2015 it focused its attention on food safety and the year following on the prevention of diabetes.