Health Desk-30 May, 2019: Health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said non-communicable diseases (NCD) are responsible for around 60 percent deaths in Bangladesh every year.
“At present, non-communicable diseases have taken a serious turn in the country. Sixty percent people are responsible for around 60 percent deaths in various non- communicable diseases, including cancer, kidney, cirrhosis and diabetes every year. Only three percent of the country’s people are now outside the risk factor of non-communicable diseases,” he said.
The minister was speaking at a function of unveiling of ‘Bangladesh NCD Risk Factor Survey 2018-STEPS’
arranged by the National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM) at the conference room of the ministry.
Zahid Maleque said the people of the country eat only one-fifth amount of fruits and vegetables they should eat. “People do not eat vegetables, do not test blood and do not exercise regularly. As a result, non-communicable diseases have been increasing day by day in the country.” “The government is working to render healthcare service to people across the country.
The survey finds that over 48 per cent of Bangladeshis have unhealthy dietary behavior of adding salt in their foods and over 28 per cent people take any physical activity. Moreover, about 44 per cent people use tobacco, either puff or chew.