- Published on Monday, 11 June 2012 11:32
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Ministry of Health informed that majority of the patients amounting to over 70 percent who die in the hospitals are persons suffering from non-communicable diseases and about 1,000 such patients die in the hospitals each day.
The non-communicable diseases have become a major health problem in many countries in the world. Majority of these patients are suffering from cardiac diseases, diabetes, Cancer and breathing diseases.
Smoking, consumption of unhygienic food, lack of exercises, and consumption of liquor have contributed for the increase in the number of patients suffering from non-communicable diseases.
These details were revealed at a discussion held recently at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. The discussion, organized by the Ministry of Health was held for the purpose of obtaining the assistance of various sections for prevention and control of these diseases.
Officials from 11 Ministries and representatives from various civil and non-governmental organizations attended the discussion organized by the non-communicable diseases section of the Ministry of Health.
The Health Ministry is to launch an islandwide streamlined programme to enlighten the people on the hazards of these diseases and the preventive measures that need to be taken. (niz)