Sul­tanate to host global meet­ing on NCDs

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Oman will host the WHO Global Meet­ing on Non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases (NCDs) from De­cem­ber 9-12,

This was re­vealed at a press con­fer­ence held on Sun­day at the Min­istry of Health (MoH) premises. It was ad­dressed by H E Dr Ali bin Talib al Hinai, Un­der­sec­re­tary for Health and Plan­ning in MoH, and Dr Ak­je­mal Mag­ty­mova, WHO rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the sul­tanate.

At the meet­ing, one of the im­por­tant ar­eas that will be de­lib­er­ated upon will be ‘What are the Best buys’. ‘Best buys’ are a clus­ter of highly cost-ef­fec­tive in­ter­ven­tions strate­gised by WHO to com­bat non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases. “At this meet­ing, we will dis­cuss the ‘Best buys’ too. NCDs pri­mar­ily car­dio­vas­cu­lar and lung dis­eases, cancer and di­a­betes kill more people than any other cause, equiv­a­lent to 70 per cent of all deaths glob­ally, in­clud­ing 15mn people pre­ma­turely aged be­tween 30 and 70 years (nearly half of which oc­cur in low and lower in­come coun­tries).

“But many pre­ma­ture deaths can be avoided when action is taken to re­duce ex­po­sure to the main risks caus­ing them (tobacco, un­healthy di­ets, harm­ful use of al­co­hol and phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity) and pro­mote ef­fec­tive treat­ment, in­clud­ing through univer­sal health cov­er­age,” said Dr Ak­je­mal.

She said that rep­re­sen­ta­tives of more than 100 coun­tries will par­tic­i­pate in the con­fer­ence. “This meet­ing will fo­cus on how gov­ern­ments can im­ple­ment the WHO-en­dorsed low-cost ‘Best buys’ so­lu­tions that can re­duce pre­ma­ture deaths on a dra­matic scale so tens and mil­lions of lives can be saved.

“Through th­ese mea­sures we can save 8mn lives in low and lower mid­dle in­come coun­tries by 2030 and gen­er­ate US$350bn in eco­nomic growth. Examples of th­ese so­lu­tions range from mar­ket­ing bans and tax­a­tion to re­duce ex­po­sure to tobacco an un­healthy foods and drinks, to pro­vide ac­cess to es­sen­tial health services to all people to pro­tect them from th­ese con­di­tions.”

The event is also ex­pected to re­lease a call for action which will con­trib­ute to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2018 UN Po­lit­i­cal Dec­la­ra­tion on NCDs and 2019 UN Po­lit­i­cal Dec­la­ra­tion on Univer­sal Health Cov­er­age whilst sup­port­ing coun­tries to reach the 2030 devel­op­ment goals.

The con­fer­ence will have ple­nary and panel dis­cus­sions, while nu­mer­ous new ini­tia­tives to pre­vent and con­trol NCDs will be launched.

(Mus­cat Daily)

Dr Ak­je­mal (left) and H E Dr Hinai

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