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16 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 June, 2019 12:09:21 AM
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Take measures to reduce people’s risk of NCDs

Take measures to reduce people’s risk of NCDs

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, pulmonary diseases, etc. have taken an epidemic form in recent times in Bangladesh due to people’s lack of awareness about their lifestyle. These chronic diseases of long duration are also the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviours factors.

According to a survey report titled ‘Bangladesh NCD Risk Factor Survey 2018’ recently showed that NCDs cause 60 per cent deaths every year in Bangladesh while about 97 percent people are at risk of NCDs. Due to these diseases, especially the cardiovascular ones, many people are not only dying at an early age, these diseases are also responsible for huge health expenditure for people who are managing them for a long time.

Even a few decades ago, in the West the incidence of heart attacks was much less than it is now, thanks to the modern technological breakthroughs as well as people’s increased awareness. But here in Bangladesh cardiac events are on the increase. While people here in general are way behind in taking preventive care of the disease, the treatment of the disease is still mostly Dhaka-centric.   There are now many government medical colleges across the country, but only in few, bypass surgery or stenting is performed. Still, because of financial and other constraints, patients who live at remote areas often fail to avail treatments from the capital.

In Bangladesh, people in general also do not give attention to their health. The survey found that of the country’s total population, 70.8 per cent have never checked their blood glucose level. Among men, 73.6 percent have never measured blood glucose level, while the rate among women is 68.5 percent. In view of the existing health scenario, it is the government health authorities that have to urgently take decisive and holistic actions to prevent and cure the non-communicable diseases.

It is lamentable that the national policy and strategy and plan of action for NCDs surveillance and prevention have not been put in force properly. When logistic support in the medical college hospitals for diagnosis and management of NCDs is far short of what is necessary, one can hardly expect that rural population would get adequate health care support according to their needs.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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