Strategic approach stressed to control non-communicable diseases

Jakia Ahmed
Published : 00:02, Dec 07, 2019 | Updated : 00:06, Dec 07, 2019

Consuming fatty foods, food with sugar, smoking and mental pressure is among the reasons causing the rise of non-contagious diseases in the country. Not eating the right food and an aversion to physical exercise also contribute to the rise of non-contagious diseases like cancer, diabetes, stroke, respiratory diseases, high blood pressure and liver cirrhosis.
Specialists say that such diseases need to be treated properly. Statistics indicate that one person dies every second of non-communicable diseases. Of every three deaths, one is from a heart ailment.
Specialists say that the government must take a multidimensional plan to control non-communicable diseases and every person has to be conscious. A survey by ICDDR,B in 2016, says that one person in four suffers from high blood pressure, one in four has diabetes and one in five becomes the victim of a stroke. One person in six suffers from a heart attack.
A research was carried out on 4,442 persons in Munshiganj. Most of them were found to be suffering from chronic kidney disease.
Another survey says that in 2012, death from non-communicable diseases was 52 percent which rose to 67 per cent of all deaths in 2017.
Public health specialist Dr Alia Nahid observes: “There is a risk of diseases often described as the afflictions of wealthy nations. It’s important to find out the causes of these.”
Dr Alia suggested physical exercise, weight control and a healthy lifestyle.
Professor Dr Mahmudur Rahman, of IEDCR, said: “Our country fares badly in daily exercise, alcohol intake, tobacco consumption and the eating of unhealthy food. The state has a responsibility to raise awareness and create parks and proper footpaths.”
'Due to modernization and urbanization, diseases will increase; we must focus on healthy food and exercise', he observed.