61% Deaths in India Caused by Non-Communicable Diseases: WHO

Non communicable diseases include cardiovascular problems, cancer, diabetes and mental health challenges, says WHO.

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The World Health Organization on Friday is launching a report on non communicable diseases (NCDs) in the world. Responsible for 41 million or 71 percent deaths globally, these include problems like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, and mental health challenges.

One of the primary challenges to overcoming are reducing premature deaths, alcohol and tobacco usage, physical inactivity and unhealthy diets in this fight against NCDs, says the report.

WHO further adds:

Billions of people around the world are affected by NCDs, and at all stages of the life course, from childhood to old age. The growing trend of population ageing has enormous ramifications for the prevention and management of NCDs. 

The report states that some other challenges the execution of healthier practices face include not just lack of political support, but also implementation of the norms that are decided upon. Legislation, enforcing standards and acquiring enough investment are all hurdles to be overcome.

Non communicable diseases include cardiovascular problems, cancer, diabetes and mental health challenges, says WHO.

It also suggests several guidelines under various categories to ensure smooth implementation of all methods, while also calling upon the global community and governments to work hand in hand.

Where Does India Stand?

When it comes to India, the country witnesses 61 percent deaths annually from NCDs, according to the WHO report.

Measures which the report proposes include higher excise taxes on tobacco products and alcohol, reducing saturated and trans fats from the diet, along with the salt and sodium content. They also include drug therapy and measures to prevent strokes and heart attacks.

This report has been launched as a run-up to the third United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on NCDs to be help in September 2018.

The report’s launch can be livestreamed here.

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