The World Health Organisation has called on the world leaders to take urgent action against chronic diseases and mental health disorders via Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases.
According to a WHO report issued June 1, political commitment and the immediate scaling up of action to address an epidemic of NCDs is needed.
The report said that the collectively, cancer, diabetes, lung and heart diseases kill 41 million people annually, accounting for 71 percent of all deaths globally.
Commission co-chair Dr Sania Nishtar said that politicians must find financial resources to battle the diseases.
“We know the problem and we have the solutions, but unless we increase financing for NCDs, and demand all stakeholders be held responsible for delivering on their promises, we won’t be able to accelerate progress,” she said, noting NCDs have rose dramatically in low- and middle-income countries over the last two decades.
“We need to move quickly to save lives, prevent needless suffering, and keep fragile health systems from collapsing,” she said.
According to a report from the ministry, non-communicable diseases have been increasing in the Kingdom, specifically diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.
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