Kounteya Sinha, TNN | Mar 14, 2011
NEW DELHI: India's tremendous burden of non-communicable diseases
(NCDs) like stroke, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases have
now reached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's doorstep.
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has called a meeting of the health
ministry and the Planning Commission on Monday to review policies on
NCDs and thrash out what needs to be done to lower the country's NCD
Health secretary K Chandramouli will attend the meeting on behalf of
the health ministry.
After the United Nations summit on HIV in 2001, that made the entire
world come together to fight the deadly AIDS causing virus, this
September, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are all set to receive a
similar push in New York.
To be attended by the who's who, including Singh, the UN General
Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs on September 19 will
decide how to better prevent, diagnose and treat cancer,
cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes,
which together are responsible for eight million deaths worldwide,
Prior to this UN meeting, the first global ministerial conference on
NCDs is being held in Moscow on April 28 which will be attended by
health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
The conference will highlight the magnitude and socio-economic impact
of NCDs, review international experience on NCD prevention and control
and provide evidence on the pressing need to strengthen global and
national initiatives to prevent NCDs.
NCDs caused 54.66 lakh deaths in 2005 — 53% of the total deaths in
India and is now the country's main worry. The leading cause of deaths
in India among NCDs is due to cardiovascular disease (29.89 lakh),
diabetes (1.75 lakh), cancer (5 lakh) and respiratory diseases (6.74
According to WHO, cardiovascular diseases will be the largest cause of
death and disability in India by 2020. It is estimated that the
overall prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, Ischemic Heart Diseases
(IHD) and stroke is 62.47, 159.46, 37.00 and 1.54 respectively per
1000 population of India. Additionally, there are around 25 lakh
cancer cases in India.
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