Mauritius launches campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A 10-day campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) was launched over the weekend by the Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry.

The campaign aims at sensitising and educating the public against the risk-related factors, complications and preventive measures of NCDs. It comprises a series of activities, such as screening for NCDs, breast, cervical, vision, cholesterol, as well as counselling and health education.

Health and Quality of Life Minister Dr Anwar Husnoo said that an early detection of NCDs is fundamental to prevent diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer and their related complications.

"The population should adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle as well as practice sports to improve the management of NCDs, and promote the health status of the population," he added.

Speaking about the link between food habits and the prevalence of NCDs, the Minister pointed out that rapid changes in diets and lifestyles that have occurred with industrialization, urbanization, economic development and market globalization, have accelerated over the past decade.

"This has resulted in significant negative consequences in terms of inappropriate dietary patterns, decreased physical activities and increased tobacco use, and a corresponding increase in diet-related chronic diseases," he said.

He urged the population to have a healthy diet and to practice physical activity so as to achieve the best results in preventing chronic diseases.

Dr Husnoo expressed concern over the increasing number of new cases of cancer each year. In 2017, there were 2,500 new cancer cases, 1,500 among females and 1,000 among men, with breast cancer topping the list.

Referring to the campaign, he said NCDs are the leading cause of death in Mauritius, adding that the campaign will help raise awareness of NCDs at national level and make Mauritius a physically active and healthy nation.

He also pointed out that his Ministry is continuously working on programmes to provide free medical check-ups to the public as well as to encourage the population to practise physical activities and adopt healthy eating habits.
-0- PANA NA/MA 6Aug2018

06 Agosto 2018 09:19:12




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