Qatar World Cup 2022Portugal beats Uruguay 2-0, qualifies for round of 16

WHO South-East Asia Region to speed up progress for NCD prevention and control

The 75th regional committee session of WHO South-East Asia is being held in Bhutan

September 08, 2022 05:08 am | Updated 05:08 am IST - NEW DELHI

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia Region

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia Region

The member countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region on Wednesday resolved to accelerate progress for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, including oral and eye care. “The Region must build on the progress made in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. Though the trends are in the right direction, we need to accelerate efforts to achieve global, regional, and national goals,” said Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia Region, while participating in the ongoing 75th regional committee session of WHO South-East Asia at Bhutan.

Non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes, account for almost two-thirds of all deaths in the WHO South-East Asian Region. Nearly half of these deaths occurred prematurely between the ages of 30 and 69 years in 2021. The meeting noted the continuing high burden of disease and death due to cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, a large number of untreated cases of dental caries and oral health conditions, and challenges in the provision of comprehensive eye care.

The Member countries endorsed the implementation roadmap for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in South-East Asia 2022–2030, and two action plans - for oral health in South-East Asia 2022–2030 and the Action Plan for integrated people-centered eye care in South-East Asia 2022–2030 during the session.

“Though the trends are in the right direction, we need to accelerate efforts to achieve global, regional, and national goals”Dr. Poonam Khetrapal SinghRegional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.