Deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases in India in 2016 was 61.8 pc: Govt

Deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases in India in 2016 was 61.8 pc: Govt

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New Delhi, Jul 2 : The contribution of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to total death in the country was 61.8 per cent in 2016, as compared to 37.9 per cent in 1990, claims an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report titled “India: Health of the Nation’s States”, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

'In Kerala, Goa and Tamil Nadu, due to epidemiological transition, fewer deaths are recorded for Communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional diseases, thereby raising share of NCDs in total deaths,' said Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply, here.

Risk factors for NCDs inter alia include ageing, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and overweight.

Though public health is a state subject, the Centre supplements the efforts of the state governments. National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) is being implemented under the National Health Mission. The objectives of the programme include health promotion activities and opportunistic screening for common Non Communicable Diseases including cancer, Mr Choubey added.

Population based screening of common NCDs, i.e. diabetes, hypertension and cancers (Oral, Breast and Cervical cancer) has also been initiated under NHM. Key components of population based screening include community based risk assessment, screening, referral, and follow up of all individuals of 30 years and above for common NCDs (hypertension, diabetes, oral cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer).

The initiative will help in early diagnosis and will generate awareness on risk factors of NCDs.

To enhance the facilities for tertiary care of cancer, the Centre is implementing Strengthening of Tertiary Care Cancer facilities scheme to support setting up of State Cancer Institutes (SCI) and Tertiary Care Centres in different parts of the country.
Oncology in its various aspects has focus in case of new AIIMS and many upgraded institutions under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksh Yojna.

Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment Deendayal outlets have been opened at 159 institutions, hospitals with an objective to make available Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases drugs and implants at discounted prices to the patients. Jan Aushadhi stores are set up by Department of Pharmaceuticals to provide generic medicines at affordable prices, the Minister said. (UNI)