Sunday, 26 May 2019 | 20 Ramadan 1440
Ministry launches national policy for prevention, control of NCDs

Ministry launches national policy for prevention, handle of NCDs

The ceremony was held below the patronage of H H Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq bin Taimour al Said, advisor to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, in the presence of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director basic of the World Health Organization (WHO) and H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Saeedi, Minister of Health along with a quantity of their highnesses and excellencies.

The national program aims at lowering the premature deaths resulting from NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025, and has eight chapters addressing numerous elements of prevention and handle.

It focuses on combating 4 primary illnesses: cardiovascular illnesses, cancer, respiratory illnesses and diabetes. In addition, the program addresses the primary danger aspects which includes lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet plan and smoking, as effectively focusing on the awareness and media elements. All relevant sectors had been involved in creating this program, which was revised by the WHO team and has been translated into English.

Addressing the gathering, H E Dr Saeedi stated that the launch is a outcome of the collective function which lasted for practically two years involving all wellness relevant sectors and a quantity of national and international partners. It has resulted in a national policy to address the priorities and challenges of the wellness method in the sultanate.

H E Dr Saeedi added that NCDs are the genuine danger and a single of the greatest challenges to improvement in the 21st century. They represent the main result in of morbidity and mortality worldwide smart.

According to WHO, these illnesses kill 38mn individuals annually half of them are below the age of 70.

In the sultanate, 72.9 per cent of deaths are roughly attributed to NCDs, of which 24.three per cent are due to cardiovascular illnesses and hypertension, seven per cent due to cancers, and two.two per cent due to diabetes, according to statistics in 2016.

He stated that the ministry is strengthening the participation of all associated sectors in accordance with the suggestions of the Council of Ministers.

In this regard, a Ministerial Decision was issued in 2015 on the formulation of a National Committee for Non-Communicable Diseases headed by the MoH Undersecretary for Planning Affairs.

At the occasion, Dr Ghebreyesus stated that Oman has witnessed a dramatic transition in the burden of illness.

“NCDs are now the leading cause of premature mortality in this country. More than half of all Omanis are now overweight or obese. One in four Omani adults have high blood pressure,” he stated.

“The prevalence of diabetes has increased by almost 50 per cent since 1991. This is not only devastating from a human point of view, it also has a devastating economic impact, both in terms of the costs of treating people with long-term illnesses, and in terms of lost productivity.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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