A government survey finds that about 97 percent people in the country are at risk of non-communicable diseases, while about 70 percent people die of the chronic diseases across the world every year.
The findings of the study titled ‘Bangladesh Non-Communicable Diseases Risk Assessment Survey-2018’ were revealed at a press conference at the conference room of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Wednesday.Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malek and Health Service Division secretary Md Asadul Islam were present, among others, at the press conference.
The National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM) under the Health and Family Welfare Ministry with support from the Non-Communicable Disease Control (NCDC) Division and the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted the survey in the country.
Highlighting the findings of the survey, principal researcher Prof Dr Baizid Khoorshid Riaz said the adult people in the country are at high risk of non-communicable diseases due to obesity, taking extra salt, tobacco and alcohol and not taking balanced food and inadequate physical labour.
He said about 71 percent people of the country are at risk of one or two reasons, while most of them are at risk of three or four reasons.
The survey identified that regular smoking, taking inadequate vegetables and fruits, inadequate physical labour, high cholesterol in blood, high blood pressure and obesity are the major reasons behind the non-communicable diseases.