Non-communicable diseases surpass Aids as main killer

HEALTH and Child Care deputy minister Paul Chimedza last week disclosed that non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular, cancer, mental health, diabetes mellitus and chronic respiratory complications had now become the country’s main killers ahead of HIV and Aids.


“The ministry is aware of that and has taken a stand towards public awareness and the prevention of these diseases,” he said.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) non-communicable diseases were a group of conditions that included cardiovascular diseases, cancer, mental health problems, diabetes mellitus, chronic respiratory diseases and musculoskeletal conditions.

WHO said the disorders were largely preventable, adding non-communicable diseases were responsible for most premature deaths of people before the age of 60 years.
“Non-communicable diseases are preventable by means of effective interventions that tackle four common modifiable risk factors namely; tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol,” WHO said.

WHO said non-communicable diseases were silent killers, had insidious onset, debilitating complications and resulted in painful deaths, adding the number of chronic disease-related deaths in the WHO African region in 2005 was close to 2,5 million people.

“WHO projects that 28 million people in the region will die from a chronic disease over the next 10 years. The rate of increase of deaths from chronic diseases will outstrip that from infectious diseases, maternal and peri-natal conditions and nutritional deficiencies more than four fold in the next 10 years.”

The Population Reference Bureau (2012) said in Zimbabwe, 21% of deaths were due to non-communicable diseases.

Chimedza said in Zimbabwe the interventions to try and combat non communicable diseases included national commemorations and media publicity campaigns.

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  1. this same report was the subject of a UN CONFERENCE for member countries nearly five years ago.
    asi matokanganwa hurukuro yakaitwako nhai akomana ??
    asi chii nhay??

  2. Mwari pindirai wanhu wapera kufa.

  3. the main complication is coming from the foods that we are consuming from fast foods shops , lets not think that these guys who are opening fast food shops are after our health no no no……… they after profit and to spread N.C.D`s.Issue comes comes back to the issue of Dollarisation , coming out of 2008 era we were now calling for bidy recovery but the format tis wrong , tis actually thetic seeing a 13 year weighing 75kg for wat guys , lets resort the old diet nyemba ,muboora ,nyevhe nyimo, sadza rezviyo.Parents stop spoiling your kids ,the food they consume will determine their choices in life.Ussually fast foods they use lymph instead of frontal lobe thinking.
    Fast foods are driving everything to be fast , fast marriage, fast money, fast cars, fast girl friends, fast divorce,fast death and fast everything.If tis possible lets resort to vegetarian diet.
    For more information visit Prof.Walter Veith an amazing Discoveries or on YOU TUBE [Your health your choice

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