NCDs contribute 53 per cent to Namibian deaths

10 Aug 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – A total 53 per cent of all deaths in Namibia are caused by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, cancers and chronic obstructive airway diseases.
This is according to statistics provided by World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, Charles Sagoe-Moses, during the launch of the National Multisectoral Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of NCDs here on Friday.
According to WHO, at 19 per cent, Namibia has the highest rate of tobacco use in the Southern African Development Community in men between the ages of 21 and 34, while the country’s total per capita consumption of alcohol stands at 10.8 litres annually, again making it one of the highest in SADC.
The portion of Namibian women around the age of 34 who used tobacco was found to be at five per cent.
“There is a need to strengthen efforts in preventing these NCDs, while advocating for early screening in order to detect them and deal with them as soon as possible,” he noted.
At the same event, Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the five-year strategic plan calls for a deliberate multisectoral approach to prevent and control NCDs.
“The plan further demonstrates Government’s commitment to reducing the current NCD burden through cooperative efforts among various stakeholders in the country,” the premier added.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila also called on the strategic plan to address the unhealthy NCD-contributing behaviours that include the use of tobacco, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and the abuse of alcohol and harmful substances.
According to her, with the increasing prevalence of risk factors in Namibia, a rise in the burden of NCDs is expected over the years, contributing to a loss of productive people and harming the economy if nothing concrete is done.
However, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila applauded WHO and other development partners for joining hands with the Namibian Government in creating awareness on effectively responding to risk factors of NCDs.