Unhealthy lifestyle blamed for NCDs: Experts

21 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Health experts on Sunday blamed unhealthy lifestyle for alarmingly increasing of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country, reports BSS.

“NCDs are largely caused by unhealthy lifestyles including tobacco consumption, having poor diet, insufficient physical activity and harmful use of alcohol. So, people need to change their harmful lifestyle to prevent NCDs in the country.”

Secretary of Health Services Division of Health and Family Welfare Ministry Md Ashadul Islam said this while inaugurating the “1st Scientific Congress on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)” as the chief guest at Shaheed Dr Milon Hall of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

A tripartite initiative of icddr,b, BSMMU and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) organised the two-day event that will be concluded following an award giving ceremony tomorrow.

BSMMU Vice Chancellor Professor Kanak Kanti Barua presided over the programme. He said, “To lessen the impact of NCDs on individuals and society, a comprehensive approach is needed in all sectors, including health, finance, transport, education, agriculture, planning and others to change the harmful lifestyle and reduce the risks associated with NCDs”.

Head of Initiative for Non-communicable Diseases at icddr,b and convener of the Congress Dr Aliya Naheed said, “We still have huge challenges ahead to curb down the pre-mature mortality by NCDs and achieve SDG target 3.4 by 2030.”

“The congress aims to bring solutions from not only from the health sector but also from the non health sectors for improving quality of primary health care services for NCDs in Bangladesh,” she added.

The aim of the first ever scientific congress on NCDs is to develop a strong institutional platform and strengthen research collaborations between clinicians and public health researchers in Bangladesh.

The congress will help developing pragmatic strategies for tackling NCDs in the country and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.4, focused on “reduction of pre-mature mortality by one-third from non-communicable diseases within 2030 through prevention and treatment, and to promote mental health and wellbeing”.