Mauritius launches campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister Anwar Husnoo on Sunday launched a national prevention campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) aimed at sensitising and educating the public against the risk-related factors, complications and prevention measures. 

This campaigns comprises a series of activities namely, screening for NCDs, breast cervical, vision, cholesterol, as well as counselling and health education.
Mr Husnoo, underlined 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 sports to improve the management of NCDs, and promote the health status of the population," he emphasised.

Speaking about the link between food habits and the prevalence of NCDs, the Health Minister pointed out that rapid changes in diets as well as lifestyles due to industrialisation, urbanisation, economic development and market globalisation, have accelerated over the past decade.

According to him, 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 urged the population to have a healthier diet and to practice a physical activity so as to achieve the best results in preventing chronic diseases.

The Minister also 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. Regular exercise and a healthy and balanced diet can reduce the incidence of cancer, he underlined.
Referring to the prevention campaign, Husnoo highlighted that NCDs is 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 10Sept 2018

10 septembre 2018 07:02:38

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