Non-communicable diseases a "slow motion disaster": WHO

 

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Non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are being described as a "slow motion disaster" by the World Health Organization (WHO).

As world leaders gathered in New York on Monday, Dr Margaret Chan, the head of WHO urged governments around the world to implement policies to combat noncommunicable diseases.

She said these diseases are not confined to developed countries.

"The worldwide increase of non-communicable diseases is a slow motion disaster, as most of these diseases develop over time but unhealthy lifestyles that feed these diseases are spreading with a stunning speed and sweep. I can understand why some developing countries are being taken by surprise by the onslaught of these diseases. Their initial burden was greatest in affluent societies."

Duration: 26"

Dr. Chan said the meeting in New York must serve as a wake-up call for governments to take action.

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