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Nepal facing threat of NCDs due to changing lifestyle, unplanned urbanisation


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2021 Sep 08, 17:36, Kathmandu
The representatives of member countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region discuss accelerating progress to prevent and control non-communicable diseases including oral health and integrated eye care at the 74th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for South-East Asia, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Photo courtesy: WHO South-East Asia/Twitter

Nepal has been facing the emerging threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDS) due to rapidly increasing unplanned urbanisation and to changing lifestyle, inactivity. The use of harmful alcohol, tobacco, and air pollution are other contributing factors, according to reports presented by representatives at the 74th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for South-East Asia today

The member countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region discussed accelerating progress to prevent and control NCDs including oral health and integrated eye care at the virtual session held today.

The discussion was also held on progress on universal health coverage and health-related sustainable development goals (SDGs). Universal health coverage (UHC) has been a flagship priority programme of the Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh since 2014. The UHC progress is reviewed closely, annually.

In the virtual session, Nepal’s representative said that the country has been facing the emerging threat of NCDs due to rapidly increasing unplanned urbanisation and to changing lifestyle, inactivity, use of harmful alcohol, tobacco, and air pollution are contributing factors. Deaths due to NCDs increased from 66 per cent in 2016 to 71 per cent in 2019. Premature deaths due to NCDs are an increasing threat. Redesigning health care systems needs to be done to tackle the NCDs.

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