Oman as well is mulling ‘sin tax’ on chosen goods and beverages to handle their consumption and the spread of NCDs which have risen sharply in the nation more than the final couple of years. Tobacco items, alcoholic beverages and power drinks will probably attract an excise tax of 100 per cent, although that on fizzy drinks will be 50 per cent.
The area also suffers from some of the highest prices of NCD-connected danger elements, such as physical inactivity, obesity, tobacco, and higher salt, sugar and fat intake.
At a regional higher-level policy dialogue held in Cairo, WHO regional director Dr Ahmed al Mandhari stated, “NCDs and mental health disorders are now recognised as real threats to public health and sustainable development. Yet, the burden of these conditions continues to rise.”
“Millions of people still die prematurely from NCDs every year,” he stated, adding, “Many more suffer from ill physical and mental health, debilitating them and affecting their families. We need to intensify actions on multiple fronts if we want to deliver on our commitments successfully. Looking at the NCDs figures globally and regionally is really frightening. We have to exert maximum efforts to combat them.”
The regional higher-level policy dialogue was held in preparation for the third higher-level meeting of UN General Assembly on the prevention and handle of NCDs.
Dr Mandhari stated that NCDs can only be controlled via national, regional as nicely as international efforts. “Only through very strong high political commitment we can succeed in fighting NCDs and reduce mortality rates related to them.”
As per the WHO-EMRO’s ‘Country cooperation strategy for WHO and Oman 2018-22’, the prevention and handle of NCDs, mental well being and substance abuse, and to establish and implement the Oman disability programme is on the agenda. Despite the healthcare advances in Oman, there are problems connected to the prevalence of obesity, hypertension, anaemia and diabetes.
In the ‘Roadmap of WHO’s perform in the Eastern Mediterranean Region 2017-21’, Dr M Fikri, the former WHO regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean had stated, “Prevention and control of NCDs, mental health and substance abuse to reduce the burden and mortality due to these diseases is a priority.”
According to the roadmap, “NCDs continue to be associated with a high health and development burden, remaining the leading cause of death and life-long chronicity in the region, with 2.2mn related deaths every year. The figure is projected to increase to more than 3.8mn by 2030.”
The age standardised prevalence price of overweight amongst adults was estimated at 46.eight per cent in the area, with a greater prevalence amongst ladies (50.1 per cent) compared to males (43.eight per cent).
Additionally, the typical estimate for prevalence of obesity in the area is 19 per cent, with a greater prevalence amongst ladies (23.six per cent) compared to males (14.six per cent). Accordingly, a lot more than 60 per cent of the adult population in the area is either overweight or obese.
Information Source: Muscat Daily