Bangladesh Network for NCD Control and Prevention (BNNCP) experts said the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the big barriers to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A delegation of the BNNCP made the statement during a meeting with Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator for SDG Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office. The meeting was held at her office on Monday.The BNNCP delegation said in order to achieve the SDG by 2030, the rate of non-communicable diseases has to be reduced.
Therefore, it is necessary to formulate and implement essential public health friendly policies, including amendment of tobacco control law, they added.
During the meeting, the BNNCP delegation highlighted the current situation of NCDs in Bangladesh and its economic impact. They said currently NCDs such as cardiovascular disease and cancer are responsible for 67 percent of the total deaths in Bangladesh. And tobacco alone is responsible for 19 percent of all deaths.
The treatment of these diseases is expensive, and in many cases, it is not possible to develop a complete cure once anyone infected. As a result, the productivity of the affected person is reduced, which has a negative impact on the family and the economy of the country. The delegation said public health-friendly laws and policies are needed to curb the growing risk of NCDs. Controlling tobacco use is one of the best ways to prevent the growing risk of NCDs in Bangladesh.
Therefore, the existing tobacco control law needs to be amended to strengthen tobacco control. It is also important to formulate policies on air pollution control, salt and trans fat levels in industrial foods.
Zuena Aziz said appropriate steps will be taken to prevent NCDs. She assured that necessary assistance will be provided to expedite the process of amending the existing Tobacco Control Law.The BNNCP delegation includes Prof Abdullah Al Shafi Majumder, Secretary General of Bangladesh Cardiac Society, Prof Golam Mohiuddin Faruque, Joint-Secretary General of Bangladesh Cancer Society and Prof Sohel Reza Choudhury, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Research, National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute.