21January2017

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Nadda calls for BRICS' commitment to fight NCDs

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Rohit Shishodia

  Expressing concern over deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in BRICS nations, India’s Health Minister, JP Nadda, has urged BRICS countries to fight NCDs with firm commitment.

Addressing a two-day 6th BRICS Health Ministers' Meet in Delhi, Mr Nadda said that the threat of NCDs is dangerous for our countries since they not only result in premature deaths and disabilities, but are also responsible for low productivity, loss in economic growth and high health-care costs.

“NCDs are also a major barrier to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals relating to reduction in poverty, improvement of maternal & child health and child mortality as well as in control of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. “We must, therefore, renew our resolve and commitment to fight NCDs together on the BRICS platform, through innovative strategies,” the Minister explained.

As per the United Nations, the probability of premature mortality from NCDs is 26 per cent. Factors contributing to NCDs include unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, tobacco and alcohol use and air pollution.

India is the first country to develop specific national targets and indicators, which are aimed at reducing the number of global premature deaths from NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025.

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