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Non-communicable diseases account for 41m deaths globally

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Not  less than 71 per cent of global deaths are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), a report has said.

According to the report, NCDs account for economic losses of about $7 trillion. Statistics indicate that 41 million out of 57million deaths were caused by NCDs with 15 million of these termed ‘premature deaths.’

Low-and-middle-income countries, including Nigeria, contribute 78 per cent of global deaths and 85 per cent of premature deaths.

In Nigeria, NCDs cause 29 per cent of deaths. Alcohol, tobacco, unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle have been identified as  causes of NCDs.

The Federal Government, however, said it is committed to combating the major NCDs, including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease.

It also said it would prioritise other conditions, such as injuries (from road crashes and violence) sickle cell diseases, mental neurological and substance abuse disorders.

Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, who spoke during a meeting on NCDs Multi-Sectoral Action Plan (NCD MSAP) in Abuja, noted that the goal of the government is to reduce the burden of NCDs in line with the sustainable development goals by promoting healthy lifestyle and providing a framework for strengthening the healthcare system using multi-sectoral approach for prevention and control of NCDs.

“The diversity of these risk factors and populations affected prompts the need to collaborate across health and non- health sector who directly or indirectly play critical role in the control of NCDs,” he said.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, Dr. Rex Mpazanje, noted that NCDs have been included in the 2030 agenda. He stressed that following the 2011 UN high-level meeting, it was recognised that the rising prevalence, morbidity and mortality of NCDs worldwide can be largely prevented and controlled through collective and multi-sectoral action by all member states and other relevant stakeholders at local, national, regional and global levels.

Nnenna Ezeigwe, national coordinator of NCDs, said high level meeting “was meant for other federal ministry to buy into the multi-sectorial action plan on NCDS”.


Source: TheNation

Author: bfkglo

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