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67pc of all deaths directly attributable to NCDs

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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67pc of all deaths directly attributable to NCDs

Health experts at a roundtable on Monday emphasised the importance of strengthening preventive measures and community health services to fight against the Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including hypertension and diabetes.     

They placed emphasis on the issue while speaking at a national roundtable discussion titled “Hypertension, CVD and Diabetes: Actions towards Upcoming 5th Health Sector Programme” organised by Eminence Associates for Social Development & World Heart Federation at a hotel in the capital.

Prof Dr Mohammad Robed Amin, line director at Non-Communicable Disease Control (NCDC) unit of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), delivered the keynote speech at the roundtable discussion.     

In Bangladesh, 67 percent of all deaths are directly attributable to the NCDs while the human toll of NCDs definitely depicts the horrible scenario of health status of people, according to the keynote speech.

The NCDs also increase public expenditure, put individuals into trap of poverty, deny the people suffering from the NCDs even a dignified life, affect productivity, and endanger economic growth of the country.  

 The statement also said more than 8.4 million individuals are projected to have diabetes, and a similar number are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes (IDF Diabetes Atlas). By 2030, there will be an increase in the prevalence of the disease from 10 percent to 13 percent.   

According to research, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality, morbidity, and hospitalisation in the country. According to the NCD Country Profile, cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 30 percent of all deaths in Bangladesh.