Public health awareness - is it necessary?

@ellie26 (4128)
Malaysia
June 4, 2007 12:18pm CST
We often hear or read about public health awareness in the media or magazines. Public health awareness will help the public to recognise potentially life threathening diseases and encourages the public to get a medical check-ups. But do you think with all those public health awareness campaign it will benefits the public mentally and financially? If you are suffering from hypertension and you are informed about the risk of that comes with it if you dont control your blood pressure, doesnt it make you feel more stress that it will cause your blood pressure to go up more? Or if you are informed about the sympton for breast cancer, would you be worrying sick thinking you might have it? Who do you think will benefits from public health awareness? Is it the doctors, pharmacy or you?
2 responses
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
5 Jun 07
I can see what you are getting at here. Certainly people like my Mother may not necassarily benefit from a public awareness campaign on a particular health issue. However, in the long run, they always say that Education is the key to knowlegde, to awareness & to action. We must have these awareness campaingns, even if there are amall disdavtanges. It is no good keeping people ignorant & only betters society, if we move forward with our knowlegde on health issues.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
5 Jun 07
Hi jennybianca, you are right. We need to be educated on health realted issues. Public health awareness campaign is one way to reach to people who are ignorance of their health. Thanks for your response.
@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
4 Jun 07
i do believe in public health awareness but there should be a regular tri media campaign on certain issues for people to know.it should be discussed on radio and on tv, it's cause and treatment.but i believe that they should concentrate more on the preventive aspect so to avert some illness.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 07
Hi tigerfdragon, you are right. Thanks for your response.