Agreement reached to cut deaths due to hypertension, diabetes and cancer

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Discussion on voluntary global targets on obesity fat intake supported at WHA meeting

Member states of the World Health Organization(WHO) have agreed to cut the number of deaths as a result of non-communicable diseases by 25 per cent over the next 15 years.

The diseases  which include cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes account for more than 63 per cent of deaths around the world.

In a resolution at the on going World Health Assembly, member states also agreed to work towards reaching consensus on targets relating to the main risk factors contributing to non-communicable diseases namely tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.

Dr. Douglas Bettcher is the head of the WHO Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion Department.

"Member states obviously saw themselves all in that resolution and committed themselves to move forward to address the crippling burden of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors and also they went further and supported further discussion on voluntary global targets on obesity fat intake, alcohol, cholesterol and health system responses such as making better availability of essential medicines for treating non-communicable diseases because in many lower and middle income countries, its not possible to even receive medicines in the health system for basic conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes."

Duration 37"

Recent data by WHO shows a dramatic increase in non-communicable diseases with one out of every three adults worldwide having raised blood pressure while one in ten adults has diabetes.

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