Federal Ministry of Health has inaugurated a 17–man Technical Working Group, TWG, charged with tackling the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases, NCDs, in line with global monitoring framework.
This was contained in a press release made available to Nigerian Pilot, in Abuja.
It quoted Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Linus Awute as saying that NCDs ranked as major contributor to the burden of disease in developed countries and developing countries including Nigeria.
Awute noted that with the 56% of the people living in urban centres in the increasing population has added an accompanying shift in the disease pattern with an increase in the prevalence of NCDs.
Non–communicable diseases, he added are largely due to preventable and modifiable risk factors such as high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet, amongst others.
Besides, Awute further lamented that the Millennium Development Goals, MDGS, set up by United Nations to combat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB did not include NCDs like heart diseases, sickle cell disease or diabetes.
‘’Therefore, it is no exaggeration to describe the situation as an impending disaster, a disaster for health, for society and most of all for national economy,’’ he said.’’
The Technical Working Group made up of health professionals is headed by Director, Public Health, Dr. Mrs. Bridget Okoeguale.

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